Definition of ponerine in English:

ponerine

adjective

Zoology
  • Of or relating to the subfamily Ponerinae of ants, which includes mainly tropical species.

noun

Zoology
  • A ponerine ant.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in American Naturalist. From scientific Latin Ponera, genus name + -ine, after scientific Latin Ponerinae, subfamily name.

Pronunciation

ponerine

/ˈpɒnərʌɪn//ˈpɒnəriːn/