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ant·li·onor ant lion (ănt′lī′ən)
Any of various insects of the family Myrmeleontidae, having large-jawed larvae that dig a conical crater in the sand to trap ants and other insects for food.
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any of several nocturnal insects of the family Myrmeleontidae, resembling a damselfly, which as a larva (doodlebug) preys upon ants and other insects at the bottom of a conical sand trap with only its mandibles exposed.
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|Noun||1.||ant lion - the larva of any of several insects|
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
|2.||ant lion - winged insect resembling a dragonfly; the larvae (doodlebugs) dig conical pits where they wait to catch e.g. ants|
neuropteran, neuropteron, neuropterous insect - insect having biting mouthparts and four large membranous wings with netlike veins
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