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pharaoh ant (plural pharaoh ants)

  1. A species of ant, Monomorium pharaonis, native to the United States but introduced elsewhere.
    • 1889 May 25, “The Little Red Ant”, in Good Housekeeping[1], volume 9, number 2, page 26:
      It probably received the scientific name of "Pharaoh's ant" on account of a defective knowledge of Scripture on the part of its describer, who doubtless imagined that ants formed one of the plagues of Egypt in the time of Pharaoh, whereas the only entomological plagues mentioned were lice, flies and locusts.
    • 1989, May Berenbaum, Ninety-nine Gnats, Nits, and Nibblers[2], page 19:
      The pharaoh ant, Monomorium pharaonis, is one of the most persistent and pestiferous ants to invade the sanctity of hearth and home.
    • 2013, Beatrix Beisner, Nature All Around Us: A Guide to Urban Ecology[3], page 39:
      Because the pharaoh ant eats a variety of items (it is an omnivore), it can survive on just about any crumb it finds.


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