Ant-lion

Definitions

  • The Ant Lion and adult
    The Ant Lion and adult
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ant-lion (Zoöl) A neuropterous insect, the larva of which makes in the sand a pitfall to capture ants, etc. The common American species is Myrmeleon obsoletus, the European is Myrmeleon formicarius.
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Ant Lion painting Ant Lion painting

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ant-lion ant′-lī′on the larva of an insect of the order Neuroptera, remarkable for the ingenuity of its insect-catching habits.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Trans. of Gr. murmēkoleōn in the Septuagint; murmēx, ant, leōn, lion.

Usage

In literature:

Suppose that the ant-lion dies of hunger and thirst in her pit?
"Melmoth Reconciled" by Honore de Balzac
A Bestiary, the Lion, Eagle, and Ant, from An Old Eng.
"A Concise Dictionary of Middle English" by A. L. Mayhew and Walter W. Skeat
Suppose that the ant-lion dies of hunger and thirst in her pit?
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
Yes, May, the ant lions eat many ants, and they moult and grow, and, finally, they, too, make a little cocoon about themselves.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Many of my readers may be interested to know what the ant-lion is like, and why I thought it worth while to take great pains to rear it.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
But I'll tell you about a little fellow called the ant-lion.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
He was afraid at first, but took heart and gave the lean meat to the eagle, the brains to the ant, and the rest to the lion.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Its habits are quite different to those which it follows when a larva, or in that state when it is the ant-lion.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Its habits are quite different to those which it follows when a larva, or in that state when it is the ant-lion.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
It is the Ant-lion's crater on a larger scale and constructed in a more rustic fashion.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
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In news:

Lions hunt in prides, bees share warmth, and ants carry the aphids that give them nectar.
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