Definitions for ant
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ant, emmet, pismirenoun
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.
A diminutive of the male given name Anthony.
Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females.
The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters . But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna. That would be the frozen chicatanas – giant winged ants – at around $500 a kilo.
A Web spider.
Etymology: From Middle English ampte, amte, emete, amete, from Old English ǣmette ("ant"), from Proto-Germanic *ēmaitijǭ ("ant ", literally " biting-thing, cutter"), from Proto-Germanic *ē- ("off, away") + *maitaną ("to cut"), from Proto-Indo-European *mai- ("to cut"). Cognate with Scots emmot ("ant"), dialectal Dutch emt, empt ("ant"), German Ameise and Emse ("ant"). See also emmet.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
An emmet; a pismire. A small insect that lives in great numbers together in hillocks.
Etymology: æmett, Sax. which Franciscus Junius imagines, not without probability, to have been first contracted to æmt, and then softened to ant.
We’ll set thee to school to an ant, to teach thee there’s no lab’ring in the winter. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Methinks, all cities now but ant-hills are,
Where when the several labourers I see
For children, house, provision, taking pain,
They’re all but ants, carrying eggs, straw, and grain. John Donne.
Learn each small people’s genius, policies;
The ant’s republick, and the realm of bees;
How those in common all their stores bestow,
And anarchy without confusion know. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Man.
Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from vespoid wasp ancestors in the Cretaceous period. More than 13,800 of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their geniculate (elbowed) antennae and the distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists. 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 of various castes of sterile, wingless females, most of which are workers (ergates), as well as soldiers (dinergates) and other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" and one or more fertile females called "queens" (gynes). The colonies 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 moist tropical ecosystems and may exceed the combined biomass of wild birds and mammals. 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. Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems. These parallels with human societies have long been an inspiration and subject of study. Many human cultures make use of ants in cuisine, medication, and rites. Some species are valued in their role as biological pest control agents. Their ability to exploit resources may bring ants into conflict with humans, however, as they can damage crops and invade buildings. Some species, such as the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) of South America, are regarded as invasive species in other parts of the world, establishing themselves in areas where they have been introduced accidentally.
An ant is a small, social insect that lives in a highly organized colony, typically within a complex system of tunnels in the ground or in a tree. They are known for their ability to carry objects many times their own weight and can be found in various species all over the world. Ants have a distinct body shape with elbowed antennae and a narrow waist that separates their two body segments. They belong to the family Formicidae.
a hymenopterous insect of the Linnaean genus Formica, which is now made a family of several genera; an emmet; a pismire
Etymology: [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.]
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'ant' in Nouns Frequency: #3023
NAT; NTA; tan
The numerical value of ant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of ant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
We just wanted to plan ahead. My boyfriend Nick is three years younger than me and he's never had a son. I have my son, Manolo, so it's not that import(ant)... you know, it's not like an emergency for me to have another kid. For Nick, yes, because he's never had a baby.
The macro-photography of the ant ... is going to blow your mind, you've never seen the ant's perspective before and it is spectacular.
He has this wit about him, he's such an amazing dramatic, comedic actor. There is a sort of inherent absurdity to 'Ant-Man', he shrinks and controls ants and Paul is so great as that character, acknowledging the weirdness of the basic idea.
Ant Group IPO is now Ant Group IPO, and the company looks like it may be broken up and regulated toward a vastly reduced overall valuation.
We are jealous our close neighbors, but not the sun and its care. (Nous jalousons nos proches voisins, - Mais pas le soleil et ses soins.) [Fables1, The Ant / La Fourmi]
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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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