One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or belonging to the former family Poneridae of mainly tropical ants (now a subfamily Ponerinae of the family Formicidae); ponerine.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Ponera, genus name + -id, after scientific Latin Poneridae, family name.
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