Definition of white ant in English:

white ant


  • another term for termite
    • ‘The skeletons of outsized Victorian sofas and armchairs lies dotted around the parquet floors, their chintz entirely eaten away by white ants.’
    • ‘Valley Kit Homes can also supply treated pine or steel frames to some rural areas, to ensure against white ants.’
    • ‘The lodge is built from cypress pine, a standard building material in the mallee country, due largely to its resistance to white ants.’
    • ‘Experts also found a tree 10 metres away had been badly damaged by white ants.’
    • ‘Apart from the problems with the Tiwi Aborigines there were the white ants and the occasional cyclone which made life rather difficult.’