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white ant

n.

white ant

n
(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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And that's Queenie Colquhoun," she went on, turning the pages, "who took her coffin out with her to Jamaica, packed with lovely shawls and bonnets, because you couldn't get coffins in Jamaica, and she had a horror of dying there (as she did), and being devoured by the white ants.
There were white ants that ate the wooden poles, and wild elephants that pulled up the iron poles.
This tree yields perhaps the most useful of Australian timbers in the interior, being white ant proof, but, unfortunately, is generally of small size, rarely exceeding 15 to 18 inches in diameter at the base, and as the trunk tapers rapidly, it consequently takes a large number of trees to furnish sufficient timber for a moderate-sized building.
The next Marais work needing retitling is his The Soul of the White Ant, which was kicked off with an article in the New Year edition of Die Burger of 1923.
Due to the less rains in the Barani areas the attack of pests/insects like white ant and termite on the crops have also increased, he remarked.
Rather they have built the society of the White Ant.
Eugene Marais, who inspired Materlinck, wrote in Afrikaans 6 years before the Belgian poet a book with a title in the English translation, "The Soul of the White Ant.
The Soul of the White Ant by Eugene Marais (out of print)
in Know Your Woods, says greenheart rates a "close second to teak in resisting the white ant.
Showcases and galleries in the new museum are made from iroko, an African hardwood resistant to the advances of the white ant, which arrived on the island in 1840 in the timbers of a slave trade ship from Brazil.