ant, emmet, pismire(noun)
social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers
Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females
To rub insects, especially ants, on one's body, perhaps to control parasites or clean feathers.
, shortening of amn't, from am not
, respelling of aren't, from are not, in some non-rhotic dialects
, variant of isn't, from is not
A diminutive of the male given name Anthony.
Origin: From amte, amete, from æmette, from ēmaitijō, from ē- + , from mai-. Cognate with German Ameise and Emse. See also emmet.
a hymenopterous insect of the Linnaean genus Formica, which is now made a family of several genera; an emmet; a pismire
Origin: [OE. ante, amete, emete, AS. mete akin to G. ameise. Cf. Emmet.]
Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist. Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. Larger colonies consist mostly of sterile wingless females forming castes of "workers", "soldiers", or other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens". The colonies sometimes are described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony. Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass. Their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Their long co-evolution with other species has led to mimetic, commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic relationships.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ant, n. a small insect: the emmet or pismire.—ns. Ant′-bear, one of the largest species of the ant-eaters, found in the swampy regions in Central and Southern America, also called the Great Ant-eater; Ant′-cow (see Aphides); Ant′-eat′er, a genus of edentate South American quadrupeds, feeding on insects, and chiefly on ants, which they procure by means of their very long cylindrical tongue covered with a viscid saliva; Ant′-hill, the hillock raised by ants to form their nest: also figuratively applied, as to the earth; Ant′-thrush, a general name applied to birds of tropical and sub-tropical countries which feed to a large extent on ants. [A contr. of Emmet—A.S. æmete.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'ANT' in Nouns Frequency: #3023
nat, Nat, Nat., NAT; NTA; tan, Tan, TAN
tan, Tan, TAN
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NAT, Nat, Nat., nat, NTA, TAN, Tan, tan
The numerical value of ANT in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of ANT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant..
Go to the ant, thou sluggard, learn to live, and by her busy ways, reform thine own.
Man is the ant of the Universe; He is not an important creature, at least at the moment!
Not every ant which stays under the elephant's foot dies; the most powerful cannot always kill the weakest!
That was my greatest prize ever in life, because I did about eight lines as an ant, and I think I made over a million dollars.
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- نملة, نملArabic
- k'isimira, qanlliAymara
- གྲོག་མTibetan Standard
- merien, merienennBreton
- formigaCatalan, Valencian
- morgrugyn, morgrugWelsh
- txingurri, inurriBasque
- مورچه, مورPersian
- miammelWestern Frisian
- seanganScottish Gaelic
- चिऊँटी, चींटीHindi
- アリ, 蟻Japanese
- gêrik, mêrî, mûrîKurdish
- moryonenn, moryonCornish
- Seejomes, SeechomesLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- skruzdė, skruzdėlėLithuanian
- rōroro, pokopokorua, pokoruaMāori
- wóláchííʼNavajo, Navaho
- мӕлдзыгOssetian, Ossetic
- ਕੀੜੀPanjabi, Punjabi
- мураве́й, мура́шкаRussian
- мрав, mravSerbo-Croatian
- කුහුඹුවාSinhala, Sinhalese
- quraansho, qudhaanjoSomali
- lerwanaSouthern Sotho
- pissmyra, myraSwedish
- mchwa, sisimiziSwahili
- мӯр, мӯрчаTajik
- lōTonga (Tonga Islands)
- چۈمۈلەUyghur, Uighur
- мура́ха, мура́шкаUkrainian
- چینٹی, چیونٹیUrdu
- frumijhe, copixheWalloon
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