Pronunciation Noun

termes (plural termites)

  1. A termite.
    • 1781, Henry Smeathman in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society LXXI, page 160:
      These turret nests, built by two different species of Termites.
    • 1800, The Asiatic Annual Register, page 5/2:
      The termes, or what is called the white ant, infests this island.
    • 1834, Thomas Pringle, African Sketches, chapter viii, page 287:
      The termes of South Africa is not the destructive species.

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