Definition of wood ant in English:

wood ant

noun

  • A large reddish-brown ant found chiefly in woodlands, living in nest mounds, which it defends by spraying formic acid at the attacker.

    • ‘In the present study, we investigated patterns of aggression and nest mate recognition in the wood ant, Formica paralugubris.’
    • ‘Penny Webb often leads guided walks through the woods here and takes Helen to the huge mounds that are home to the hairy wood ant.’
    • ‘The Harvard University professor is reluctant to guess which of the 150 species of wood ant you may have seen.’
    • ‘They are large reddish wood ants, Formica rufa, the Formica referring to the formic acid they squirt at intruders.’
    • ‘Once enchanted, the victim will be fed on lizards, wood ants and snakes.’

Pronunciation:

wood ant

/ˈwo͝od ˌant/