from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Jamaica, a species of Termes or white ant, which, according to P. H. Gosse, constructs its nest on the branches or trunks of trees, where clusters of them may be seen forming large, black, round masses, often as big as a hogshead.


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  • The white termites (called locally "duck-ants") also build large dome-shaped nests, but more often on the slopes, and I did not see that they had much influence on the distribution of the molluscs.

    --A. P. Brown, 1911, "Variation in some Jamaican species of Pleurodonte", Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 63: 131.

    August 23, 2016