Definition of Ant lion

1. Noun. The larva of any of several insects.

Exact synonyms: Antlion, Doodlebug
Group relationships: Genus Myrmeleon, Myrmeleon
Generic synonyms: Larva

2. Noun. Winged insect resembling a dragonfly; the larvae (doodlebugs) dig conical pits where they wait to catch e.g. ants.
Exact synonyms: Antlion, Antlion Fly
Generic synonyms: Neuropteran, Neuropteron, Neuropterous Insect
Group relationships: Genus Myrmeleon, Myrmeleon

Definition of Ant lion

1. Noun. (alternative form of antlion) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ant Lion

ant bear
ant bears
ant beetle
ant bird
ant cow
ant egg
ant eggs
ant farm
ant lion (current term)
ant mill
ant mound
ant rattan
ant sand
ant shrike
ant thrush
ant thrushes
ant venoms

Literary usage of Ant lion

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1. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1915)
"The ant-lion is one of the marvels of the insect world and is discussed in practically every text-book on entomology and in almost every popular book on ..."

2. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1871)
"ant lion, adult. ON the twenty-ninth of August, while hunting spiders among the rocks on the hill north of Bartholomew's pond in South Danvers, Mass., ..."

3. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"Insect Study THE ANT-LION Teacher's Story CHILD is thrilled with fairy stories of ogres in their dens, with the bones of their victims strewn around. ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"It is in dry and sandy soil that the ant-lion lays its trap. ... Slipping to the bottom the prey is immediately seized by the lurking ant-lion; ..."

5. Ceylon: An Account of the Island Physical, Historical and Topographical by Sir James Emerson Tennent (1859)
"Of the ant-lion, whose lame have earned a bad renown from their predaceous ingenuity, Ceylon has, at least, four species, which seem peculiar to the ..."

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