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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
We may be helped by observing the habits of herding animals that are neither so fierce as the lion nor so servile as the ant.
"Twentieth Century Socialism" by Edmond Kelly
Describe the metamorphosis of grasshopper, June beetle, honeybee, dragon-fly, cicada, may-fly, ant-lion, caddis fly.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
We used to watch the ants, too, and I regret to say that we used to feed them to the ant lions.
"A Prisoner in Turkey" by John Still
I was nearly killed the next moment by the ant-lion.
"The Cricket's Friends" by Virginia W. Johnson
The so-called Ant-lions in many respects resemble the Dragon-flies, but the habits of the larvae are very dissimilar.
"On the Origin and Metamorphoses of Insects" by Sir John Lubbock
The Ant Lion digs a little pit in loose sand and buries itself therein with the exception of its head.
"Great Hike" by Alan Douglas
But one must live, and why not ant-lions as well as ants?
"Insect Stories" by Vernon L. Kellogg
Includes the alder-flies, ant-lions and lacewing-flies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
The brute is the Ant-lion, the ruffian, lying in ambush down in his funnel.
"Princess Mary's Gift Book" by Various
And, curiously enough, this stomach is the only organ of digestion which the ant lion has.
"Book of Monsters" by David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
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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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