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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of numerous hymenopterous insects of the widespread family Formicidae, that live in highly organized colonies containing wingless female workers of various castes, a winged queen, and during the breeding season winged males.
Idioms for ant:
have ants in one's pants,Slang. to be impatient or eager to act.
Origin of ant:
bef. 1000; OE ǣmette, c. MLG āmete, ēm(e)te, OHG āmeiza (ā-a -3+ a n. der. of meizan to beat, cut). Cf. emmet , mite1
var. of anti- before a vowel or
h: antacid; anthelmintic.
a suffix joined to verbs, with the general sense “performing” or “a person or thing that performs” the action denoted by the verb; often in nouns denoting participants in a formalized activity (applicant; contestant; defendant) or denoting substances that bring about a desired result (coolant; deodorant; lubricant). See also -ent.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix
Origin of -ant:
< L -ant-, prp. s. of verbs in -āre; in many words < F -ant < L -ant-
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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
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a small black insect
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
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.
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Translations for ANT
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a type of small insect, related to bees, wasps etc, thought of as hard-working.
- formigaPortuguese (BR)
- die AmeiseGerman
- 螞蟻Chinese (Trad.)
- چیونٹی ، کیڑیUrdu
- con kiếnVietnamese
- 蚂蚁Chinese (Simp.)
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