The Alternative English Dictionary: ant

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ant {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: ante, ampte etymology From Middle English amte, amete, from Old English ǣmette, from Proto-Germanic *ēmaitijǭ, from Proto-Germanic *ē- + *maitaną, from Proto-Indo-European *mai-. Cognate with German Ameise and Emse. See also emmet. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ænt/
    • (US), [ɛənt]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of various insect in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females.
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  2. (Internet) A Web spider.
Synonyms: (insect) emmet (archaic), pismire (archaic)
  • (insect in Formicidae) army ant, black garden ant, bull ant, carpenter ant, fire ant, garden ant, honey-pot ant, leafcutter ant, pharaoh ant, piss ant, red ant, sauba ant, thief ant, wood ant
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ornithology) To rub insects, especially ants, on one's body, perhaps to control parasites or clean feathers.
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  • nat, Nat, Nat., NAT; NTA; tan, Tan, TAN

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