ant lion definition by Webster's New World
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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
Origin: translated, translation of Classical Greek myrmēkoleōn in Septuagint Job 4:11
ant lion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various insects of the family Myrmeleontidae, the adults of which resemble dragonflies.
- The large-jawed larva of the ant lion, which digs a conical crater in the sand designed to trap ants and other insects for food. Also called doodlebug.