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fire ant

n.
Any of various ants of the genus Solenopsis that build large mounds and can inflict a painful sting, especially S. invicta, native to South America and naturalized in the southern United States.
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fire ant

n
(Animals) any mound-building predatory ant of the genus Solenopsis, of tropical and subtropical America, that can inflict a painful sting
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fire′ ant`


n.
any of several omnivorous ants having a burning sting.
[1790–1800]
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Noun1.fire ant - omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful stingfire ant - omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful sting
ant, emmet, pismire - social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers
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Translations

fire ant

n hormiga de fuego, tipo de hormiga cuya picadura es muy dolorosa
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solenopsae prevalence was considered low (7.1%) prior to inoculations, infection prevalence in fire ants increased to 100, 70, and 71% in samples collected after inoculation (Table 2).
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In short, grassland fires can lead to fire ants, an irony not lost on Courtney DeKalb, the state Agriculture Department's forestry division plant protection program administrator.
Fire ants are a huge problem across the Southeast, where over 40% of the population is stung every year.
Citizens in Houston, Texas have spotted colonies of fire ants assembled together, battling out the flood-ravaged area by clinging on to one another until they reach dry land.
Previous studies showed that fire ants invasion has negative effects on native communities (Vinson, 1994; Eubanks, 2001; Savage et al., 2011; Wilder et al., 2011a, b; Wang et al., 2013).
Red imported fire ants have infested 300 million acres since arriving in the United States in the 1930s.