Definition of raffle ant in English:

raffle ant

noun

Caribbean
historical
  • A kind of predatory ant which is said to have been introduced into Jamaica to control pests in sugar cane plantations, and later to have become a pest itself.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Bryan Edwards (1743–1800), planter and politician. Apparently from the name of Thomas Raffle or Raffles, a planter who supposedly introduced this ant to Jamaica from Cuba in 1762 + ant.

Pronunciation

raffle ant

/ˈrafl ˌant/