white ant


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n white ant whitish soft-bodied ant-like social insect that feeds on wood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • White ant (Zoöl) any one of numerous species of social pseudoneuropterous insects of the genus Termes. These insects are very abundant in tropical countries, and form large and complex communities consisting of numerous asexual workers of one or more kinds, of large-headed asexual individuals called soldiers, of one or more queens (or fertile females) often having the body enormously distended by the eggs, and, at certain seasons of numerous winged males, together with the larvæ and pupæ of each kind in various stages of development. Many of the species construct large and complicated nests, sometimes in the form of domelike structures rising several feet above the ground and connected with extensive subterranean galleries and chambers. In their social habits they closely resemble the true ants. They feed upon animal and vegetable substances of various kinds, including timber, and are often very destructive to buildings and furniture.
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In literature:

All his skin was eaten up by the white ants.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
They also came upon a bank, in their course, in which was a nest belonging to a large species of white ant.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Here the white ants waged relentless war against his property.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
We had an anxious battle with white ants also.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
Less modern but more reposeful is the next ante-room with white walls and pretty wood ceiling.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
White ants are usually at work upon the clay walls, sending down little showers of dust upon the sleeper.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
All build in holes, mostly in trees, but sometimes in the ground, or in white ants' nests.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
What strikes you at first about the white ant is that you never see it unless you lay its works open.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
He sat down close beside a Swahili gun bearer, who was frying a mess of white ants.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
The interior of the tree is secretly eaten away by white ants; the tempest reveals and completes the destruction.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Here and there, under the trees, were conical hills twenty feet high, built up for residences by the white ants.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Around the base were galleries of white ants.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The white ant, which is so destructive to the ordinary wooden pile, does not attack it.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
The creatures are white ants who come out of holes in the ground at this time of year.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
The small White Ants have a blue head and a white, soft body and are everywhere in the ground and on the surface.
"The Upward Path" by Various
One is prone to query what the white ant was created for.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
Soldiers of White Ant.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies

In poetry:

The tiny spiders on wych elms in May,
Of rare pale green; the young and downy bee,
Singing her first low song; the white ant's cradle--
They crowd upon us with their mystery.
"Little Things" by Mary Webb
Scaling little ladders with glue pots and pails of Lysol
I crawl like an ant in mourning
Over the weedy acres of your brow
To mend the immense skull-plates and clear
The bald, white tumuli of your eyes.
"The Colossus" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Wipe down counters and tabletops with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water to help keep away ants.
Maggots (gusanos del maguey), grasshoppers (chapulines) and white ant eggs (escamoles) form part of a Mexican specialty cuisine which features over 500 edible insects and bugs.
See Emmy Lou Harris, Taj Mahal, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more than a dozen other performers during the Red Ants Pants Music Festival, July 26-29, in White Sulphur Springs.

In science:

La forma del espectro de potencias es consecuencia de las oscilaciones provocadas por la gravedad en el plasma antes de que los átomos se vuelvan neutrales (para una explicación básica ver el artículo de divulgación de Hu y White, 2004).
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Farihi, ”Evidence for Terrestrial Planetary System Remn ants at White Dwarfs”, in Planetary Systems beyond the Main Sequence, edited by S.
Gaseous Debris Disks around White Dwarfs