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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an ants' nest
▪ a red ants' nest
fire ant
snake/ant etc bite
▪ Escamoles are the larva and pupa stage of the red ant.
▪ When I was heavily pregnant we lived in one room that was infested with red ants.
▪ A million red ants crawling inside a silk sheet, that was what I should have seen.
▪ He lifted it and red ants scurried and bustled, pulling and pushing their torpedo-shaped eggs to safety.
▪ Every ant colony has its own clone of fungi, distinct from that on the neighbouring farm.
▪ The McPhillips' home was filled with jars and jars of sand, leaves, and ant colonies.
▪ He will speak on slavery in ant colonies.
▪ Yet, the ant colony moves.
▪ Did Laboulbeniales first arrive in ant colonies on the backs of invading commensals and parasites?
▪ Then everyone began giving advice to the teacher who had stepped in the fire ants.
▪ You can not rehabilitate a fire ant.
▪ For instance in use at Edinburgh Zoo there is a cement ant hill for chimpanzees which was developed to enrich their environment.
▪ Vital, postindustrial paradigms are hidden in every jungly ant hill.
▪ Seurat shimmers in this ant hill.
▪ We operate the caretaking economy as a kind of socialistic ant hill where we all sacrifice for each other if 3.
▪ We collectively transfer enough resources from the war zone to the ant hill to support the young and the elderly.
▪ One of the things that I found fascinating was watching ants.
▪ Remember the time we found those ants tasted like dill pickles?
▪ A million red ants crawling inside a silk sheet, that was what I should have seen.
▪ How damaging are ants to plants?
▪ In spite of all we could do, several snakes died as a result of the ant bites.
▪ You can see families on outings alongside the drive below you, looking like ants at their own picnic.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ant \Ant\, n. [OE. ante, amete, emete, AS. [ae]mete akin to G. ameise. Cf. Emmet.] (Zo["o]l.) A hymenopterous insect of the Linn[ae]an genus Formica, which is now made a family of several genera; an emmet; a pismire.

Note: Among ants, as among bees, there are neuter or working ants, besides the males and females; the former are without wings. Ants live together in swarms, usually raising hillocks of earth, variously chambered within, where they maintain a perfect system of order, store their provisions, and nurture their young. There are many species, with diverse habits, as agricultural ants, carpenter ants, honey ants, foraging ants, amazon ants, etc. The white ants or Termites belong to the Neuroptera.

Ant bird (Zo["o]l.), one of a very extensive group of South American birds ( Formicariid[ae]), which live on ants. The family includes many species, some of which are called ant shrikes, ant thrushes, and ant wrens.

Ant rice (Bot.), a species of grass ( Aristida oligantha) cultivated by the agricultural ants of Texas for the sake of its seed. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, from Middle English ampte (late 14c.), from Old English æmette "ant," from West Germanic *amaitjo (cognates: Old High German ameiza, German Ameise) from a compound of bases *ai- "off, away" + *mai- "cut," from PIE *mai- "to cut" (cognates: maim). Thus the insect's name is, etymologically, "the biter off."\nAs þycke as ameten crepeþ in an amete hulle [chronicle of Robert of Gloucester, 1297]\n Emmet survived into 20c. as an alternative form. White ant "termite" is from 1729. To have ants in one's pants "be nervous and fidgety" is from 1934, made current by a popular song; antsy embodies the same notion.


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n. social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers [syn: emmet, pismire]

Ant (disambiguation)

An ant is a eusocial insect that belongs to the same order as wasps and bees.

Ant, Ants, or ANT may refer to:

Ant (comics)

Ant (Hannah Washington) is a comic book superhero. She first appeared in Ant #1 (March 2004), published by Arcana Studios. Ant was created by Mario Gully and is currently published by Image Comics.

Ant (producer)

Ant is a hip hop producer whose full name is Anthony Davis.

He is best known as being one half of the hip hop group Atmosphere, but has worked with many other artists and projects, mostly with Rhymesayers Entertainment, such as Brother Ali, I Self Devine, Felt and The Dynospectrum. He has also released two solo albums, Melodies and Memories, and Melodies and Memories 85–89.

Ant (DC Comics)

The Ant is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. He started out as an opponent of the Teen Titans but ended up as their ally. The Ant first appeared in Teen Titans (vol. 1) #5 (September 1966), and was created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy.


Ants are eusocial 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 Cretaceous period, about 99 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their 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 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 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.

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 rituals. 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), are regarded as invasive species, establishing themselves in areas where they have been introduced accidentally.

Ant (chair)

The Ant chair is a classic of modern chair design. It was designed in 1952 by Arne Jacobsen for use in the canteen of the Danish pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk. The Ant was named for its approximate similarity to the outline of an ant with its head raised.

The chair was designed to be light, stable, easy to stack up, and to minimise tangling the user's feet. The original model had three plastic legs and a seat made from form-moulded laminated veneer; Novo ordered just 300 of them. They were manufactured by Fritz Hansen. The chair has since proved very popular although the plastic in the legs was replaced by tubular steel, and a version with four legs was also made.

Ant (comedian)

Anthony Steven Kalloniatis (born August 23, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian and actor, best known by his stage name Ant.

Ant performed at comedy clubs across the USA beginning in 1991. In 1995, he was a semi regular cast member on the WB series Unhappily Ever After, spending four seasons on the sitcom.

Ant appeared as a contestant on Last Comic Standing, competing in seasons two and three.

He was the host of VH1 reality series Celebrity Fit Club and was a regular judge of talent on Steve Harvey's Big Time. His television series, U.S. of Ant, premiered on MTV Network's gay-targeted Logo cable channel in the summer of 2006. Ant also frequently appeared as a commentator on such shows as VH1's Best Week Ever and CNBC's Dennis Miller, and was a regular guest on The Tyra Banks Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as The Howard Stern Show.

In 2007, he appeared along with Snoop Dogg as a guest star on MTV's sketch comedy show Short Circuitz.

Ant also appeared as a regular celebrity guest on the game show, To Tell The Truth, alongside Jackée Harry, Meshach Taylor and John O'Hurley.

In 2008, he was a contestant on VH1's reality competition Celebracadabra, where celebrities trained with established magicians, and competed in an elimination-format contest. Ant was eliminated in episode 2 and brought back in episode 4, but did not go on to win.

On September 30, 2008, it was reported that Ant is suing British presenters Ant & Dec for using his name in the United States. The suit, among other things, alleges trademark infringement and fraud. The suit was dismissed in May 2010.

ANT (network)

ANT is a proprietary (but open access) multicast wireless sensor network technology designed and marketed by ANT Wireless (a division of Dynastream Innovations, in turn a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin). It defines a wireless communications protocol stack that enables hardware operating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band to communicate by establishing standard rules for co-existence, data representation, signalling, authentication, and error detection. It is conceptually similar to Bluetooth low energy, but is oriented towards usage with sensors.

Ant (newspaper)

Ant ('Oath') was a weekly leftwing publication in Turkey, which first appeared in 1967. Ant supported the Workers Party of Turkey (TİP), and sought to resolve the differences between the TİP and other sectors of the left. Ant stressed that the struggle for socialism and the struggle against imperialism had to be combined.

However, in the early 1970s, Ant drifted away from TİP. It began advocating the build-up of a new revolutionary party and gradually it began arguing for the urban guerrilla line. It was closed down by the military after the March 1971 Turkish coup d'état. After the coup Ant's editors, Doğan Özgüden and Inci Tugsavul, fled to Europe, and founded the Info-Türk group.

Usage examples of "ant".

Ants, neuter, structure of Aphides attended by Ants Aphis, development of Apteryx Arab horses Aralo-Caspian Sea Archiac, M.

Chapter VII Instinct Instincts comparable with habits, but different in their origin -- Instincts graduated -- Aphides and ants -- Instincts variable -- Domestic instincts, their origin -- Natural instincts of the cuckoo, ostrich, and parasitic bees -- Slave-making ants -- Hive-bee, its cell-making instinct - - Difficulties on the theory of the Natural Selection of instincts -- Neuter or sterile insects -- Summary.

One of the strongest instances of an animal apparently performing an action for the sole good of another, with which I am acquainted, is that of aphides voluntarily yielding their sweet excretion to ants: that they do so voluntarily, the following facts show.

I removed all the ants from a group of about a dozen aphides on a dock-plant, and prevented their attendance during several hours.

The ants that run about the ground do the same thing, Baas, that their children may have food when they are dead.

An ant larger than the rest advanced to Blinky and eyed him curiously, still waving a leg in a dangerous manner, and a nasty fighting look about his whole body.

It is easy to describe now, but how very far I was from the Center then, inching my way as a conscientious and humble scribe, medieval calligrapher, patient as an ant over my uppercase and lowercase letters, not knowing how or when my incunabula would cross the line from booklet to Book, or how or when the scribbler would become a writer, the copyist an artist!

Professor Haeckel, botanising near that same spot, spent an hour in an endeavour to force his way into one of these jungles, but only succeeded in advancing a few steps into the thicket, when, stung by mosquitoes, bitten by ants, his clothing torn from his bleeding arms and legs, wounded by the thousands of sharp thorns of the calamus, hibiscus, euphorbias, lantanas, and myriad other jungle plants, he was obliged, utterly discomfited, to desist.

It resembles the flitting of some gipsy, or rather it reminds me of an engraving in a book of fables I owned in my childhood: the whole thing is exactly like the slender wardrobe and the long guitar which the cicala who had sung all the summer, carried upon her back when she knocked at the door of her neighbor the ant.

Add a little detergent to the water to make this ant moat even more impenetrable.

The great difficulty lies in the working ants differing widely from both the males and the fertile females in structure, as in the shape of the thorax and in being destitute of wings and sometimes of eyes, and in instinct.

Soon he stopped reading, placed one book on top of the other, and began to rock very slowly in the wicker rocking chair, contemplating with regret the banana plants in the mire of the patio, the stripped mango, the flying ants that came after the rain, the ephemeral splendor of another afternoon that would never return.

For the ant hill, the habitat of eusocial insects that appear to have rationally ordered their existence in a collective spirit, is accepted by radical thinkers as a fitting symbol of Utopia in a scientific age.

Three days after Herbie first dangled the feeder from a limb, only a few tiny red drops remained inside the jar--the rest of the feeder was crammed full of well-fed dead ants.

I started a fire going, woke Kennie and we brewed tea and had a meal with large ants pestering us and a small goanna playing hide and seek in and out of a clump of spinifex.