ant lion

ant lion
ant lion
[transl. of Gr myrmēkoleōn in LXX, Job 4:11]
any of a family (Myrmeleontidae) of neuropteran insects, some of which have large-jawed larvae (doodlebugs) that lie hidden in cone-shaped pits where they feed on ants and other insects that fall in: also written antlion n.

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  • Ant-lion — Ant li on, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A neuropterous insect, the larva of which makes in the sand a pitfall to capture ants, etc. The common American species is {Myrmeleon obsoletus}, the European is {Myrmeleon formicarius}. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ant lion — noun 1. the larva of any of several insects • Syn: ↑doodlebug, ↑antlion • Hypernyms: ↑larva • Member Holonyms: ↑Myrmeleon, ↑genus Myrmeleon 2. winged insect resembling a dragonfly …   Useful english dictionary

  • ant lion — ant′ li on or ant′li on n. ent 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… …   From formal English to slang

  • ant lion — /ˈænt laɪən/ (say ant luyuhn) noun the predacious larva of various neuropterous insects of the family Myromeleontidae, which digs a deep sided pit in sandy soil into which ants and other small insects fall. {from the sense of its being a… …  

  • ant lion — noun Date: 1815 any of various neuropterous insects (as of the genus Myrmeleon) having a long jawed larva that digs a conical pit in which it lies in wait to catch insects (as ants) on which it feeds …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ant lion — any of several insects belonging to the family Myrmeleontidae, of the order Neuroptera, the larvae of which dig a pit in sand where they lie in wait to prey upon ants or other insects that lose their footing. Also, antlion. [1805 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • ant lion — insect which feeds on ants, insect which digs a pit and lies in wait for ants and other insects …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ant lion — noun an insect that resembles a dragonfly, with predatory larvae that construct conical pits into which insects fall. [Family Myrmeleontidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • ant-lion — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lion ant — Lion Li on (l[imac] [u^]n), n. [F. lion, L. leo, onis, akin to Gr. le wn. Cf. {Chameleon}, {Dandelion}, {Leopard}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A large carnivorous feline mammal ({Panthera leo}, formerly {Felis leo}), found in Southern Asia and in most parts… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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