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The Definition of the word Ant


(Heb. nemalah, from a word meaning to creep, cut off, destroy), "referred to in Prov. 6:6; 30:25, as distinguished for its" prudent habits. Many ants in Palestine feed on animal "substances, but others draw their nourishment partly or" exclusively from vegetables. To the latter class belongs the ant to which Solomon refers. This ant gathers the seeds in the "season of ripening, and stores them for future use; a habit that" "has been observed in ants in Texas, India, and Italy."

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