Definition of honey ant in English:

honey ant


  • An ant that stores large amounts of honeydew and nectar in its elastic abdomen, which becomes greatly distended. This is then fed to nest mates by regurgitation.

    • ‘Ants have been a food resource for Aborigines in Australia, who relished especially the honey ants, which they call yarumpa.’
    • ‘Honey ants store nectar in their bodies to sustain their colony during times of drought.’
    • ‘We go hunting for honey ants and we look for bush turkey.’