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white ant

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white ant

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(Animals) another name for termite

ter•mite

(ˈtɜr maɪt)

n.
any of numerous pale-colored, soft-bodied, chiefly tropical, social insects of the order Isoptera that feed on wood, some being highly destructive to buildings, furniture, etc. Also called white ant.
[1775–85; taken as singular of New Latin termites, pl. of termes white ant, Latin tarmes wood-eating worm]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.white ant - whitish soft-bodied ant-like social insect that feeds on woodwhite ant - whitish soft-bodied ant-like social insect that feeds on wood
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Isoptera, order Isoptera - order of social insects that live in colonies, including: termites; often placed in subclass Exopterygota
dry-wood termite - any of various termites that live in and feed on dry wood that is not connected with the soil
Reticulitermes flanipes - destructive United States termite
Reticulitermes lucifugus - destructive European termite
Mastotermes darwiniensis - Australian termite; sole living species of Mastotermes; called a living fossil; apparent missing link between cockroaches and termites
Mastotermes electromexicus - an extinct termite found in amber in southern Mexico
Mastotermes electrodominicus - extinct termite found in amber in the Dominican Republic
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There were white ants that ate the wooden poles, and wild elephants that pulled up the iron poles.
0m long timber running deck are in poor condition due to their age, water damage and some infestation from white ants.
Their meal that day had been white ants grubbed from the ground.
When I asked an engineer at the Culture Ministry why this was being enforced, he said window ACs were the reason white ants were spreading in the area.
They were later told by a local woman that either the relentless heat or an infestation of white ants could have caused the tree to topple.
7 What T are wood-eating insects, also known as white ants, which are terrible pests in parts of the US?