carpenter ant definition

  • noun:
    • any one of various huge ants regarding the genus Camponotus that nest in and destructive to wood.
    • any one of several big ants, of the genus Camponatus, present in North America and northern China, that build nests in dead lumber
    • any species of ant which gnaws galleries into the wood of woods and constructs its nests therein. They usually pick lifeless or notably decayed timber. The normal large American species is Formica Pennsylvanica.
    • Any wood-working ant, such as for example Camponotus √¶thiops, Lasius flavus, or L. fuliginosus of European countries, or C. Pennsylvanicus of The united states.
    • ant that nests in decaying timber where it bores tunnels for depositing eggs

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