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ant

 (ănt)
n.
Any of numerous hymenopteran insects of the family Formicidae, characteristically having wings only in the males and fertile females and living in colonies that have a complex social organization.
Idiom:
ants in (one's) pants Slang
A state of restless impatience.

[Middle English amte, from Old English ǣmete.]

ant

(ænt)
n
1. (Animals) any small social insect of the widely distributed hymenopterous family Formicidae, typically living in highly organized colonies of winged males, wingless sterile females (workers), and fertile females (queens), which are winged until after mating. See also army ant, fire ant, slave ant, wood ant
2. (Animals) white ant another name for a termite
3. have ants in one's pants slang to be restless or impatient
[Old English ǣmette; related to Old High German āmeiza, Old Norse meita; see emmet]

ant

(ænt)

n.
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:
have ants in one's pants, Slang. to be impatient or eager to act.
[before 1000; Old English ǣmette, c. Middle Low German āmete, ēm(e)te, Old High German āmeiza (ā- a-3 + a n. derivative of meizan to beat, cut). compare emmet, mite1]

ant-

var. of anti- before a vowel or h: antacid; anthelmintic.

-ant

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.
[< Latin -ant-, present participle s. of verbs in -āre; in many words < French -ant < Latin -ant-]

ant.

1. antenna.
2. antonym.

Ant.

Antarctica.

ant

(ănt)
Any of various insects that live in large colonies composed of workers, soldiers, and a queen. Ants often tunnel in the ground or in wood. Only the males and the queen have wings. See also queen, soldier, worker.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ant - social insect living in organized coloniesant - social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers
hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect - insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
Monomorium pharaonis, pharaoh ant, pharaoh's ant - small red ant of warm regions; a common household pest
little black ant, Monomorium minimum - tiny glossy black ant; nests outdoors but invades houses for food
army ant, driver ant, legionary ant - tropical nomadic ant that preys mainly on other insects
carpenter ant - ant that nests in decaying wood in which it bores tunnels for depositing eggs
fire ant - omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful sting
Formica rufa, wood ant - reddish-brown European ant typically living in anthills in woodlands
slave ant - any of various ants captured as larvae and enslaved by another species
slave-maker, slave-making ant - an ant that attacks colonies of other ant species and carries off the young to be reared as slave ants
bulldog ant - any of the large fierce Australian ants of the genus Myrmecia

ant

noun
Related words
adjective formic
habitation ant hill, formicary

Ants, bees, and wasps

Amazon ant, ant or (archaic or dialect) emmet, army ant or legionary ant, bee, bulldog ant or bull ant, bumblebee or humblebee, carpenter bee, cuckoo bee, digger wasp, driver ant, gall wasp, honeybee or hive bee, horntail or wood wasp, ichneumon fly or ichneumon wasp, killer bee, leafcutter ant, leafcutter bee, mason bee, mason wasp, mining bee, mud dauber, Pharaoh ant, ruby-tail wasp, sand wasp, slave ant, spider-hunting wasp, termite or white ant, velvet ant, wasp, wood ant, yellow jacket (U.S. & Canad.)
Translations
نـَمْلةنَمْلَه
мравка
mravenec
myre
formiko
sipelgas
مورچه
muurahainen
mrav
hangya
semut
maur
アリ
개미
formica
skruzdėdaskruzdėlėskruzdėlynas
skudra
furnică
mravec
mravlja
myra
มด
мурашка
con kiếnkiến

ant

[ænt] Nhormiga f
to have ants in one's pantstener avispas en el culo

ant

[ˈænt] nfourmi f

ant

nAmeise f; to have ants in one’s pants (inf)Hummeln im Hintern haben (inf), → kein Sitzfleisch haben

ant

:
ant bear
n (Zool) → Ameisenbär m
ant bird, ant catcher
n (Zool) → Ameisenvogel m
ant colony
nAmeisenstaat m

ant

[ænt] nformica

ant

(ӕnt) noun
a type of small insect, related to bees, wasps etc, thought of as hard-working.
ˈant-eater noun
any of several toothless animals with long snouts, that feed on ants.
ˈant-hill noun
a mound of earth built as a nest by ants.

ant

نـَمْلة mravenec myre Ameise μυρμήγκι hormiga muurahainen fourmi mrav formica アリ 개미 mier maur mrówka formiga муравей myra มด karınca con kiến 蚂蚁

ant

n. hormiga.

ant

n hormiga
References in classic literature ?
Afterwards I allowed an ant to visit them, and it immediately seemed, by its eager way of running about, to be well aware what a rich flock it had discovered; it then began to play with its antennae on the abdomen first of one aphis and then of another; and each aphis, as soon as it felt the antennae, immediately lifted up its abdomen and excreted a limpid drop of sweet juice, which was eagerly devoured by the ant.
This ant is absolutely dependent on its slaves; without their aid, the species would certainly become extinct in a single year.
Now and then, while we rested, we watched the laborious ant at his work.
AN ANT went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and being carried away by the rush of the stream, was on the point of drowning.
With the ant-heap the respectable race of ants began and with the ant-heap they will probably end, which does the greatest credit to their perseverance and good sense.
The ant-king had come in the night with thousands and thousands of ants, and the grateful creatures had by great industry picked up all the millet-seed and gathered them into the sacks.
When an ant got through it was exposed to a fire of bread-crumbs, until Susan pronounced that that was cruel, and rewarded those brave spirits with spoil in the shape of tongue.
In the meanwhile there came along a single red ant on the hillside of this valley, evidently full of excitement, who either had despatched his foe, or had not yet taken part in the battle; probably the latter, for he had lost none of his limbs; whose mother had charged him to return with his shield or upon it.
These words so alarmed Mombi that she quickly transformed herself from a shadow to a Black Ant, in which shape she crawled along the ground, seeking a crack or crevice in which to hide her tiny body.
But the ant enjoyed a better fate than the fly, and escaped the fatal jaws which lay concealed at the base of the conical hollow.
But we might give the ants a commission to look out for us; they run to and fro as if they had something to do, and they certainly know of a wife for our little snail
It would be difficult to explain why and whither ants whose heap has been destroyed are hurrying: some from the heap dragging bits of rubbish, larvae, and corpses, others back to the heap, or why they jostle, overtake one another, and fight, and it would be equally difficult to explain what caused the Russians after the departure of the French to throng to the place that had formerly been Moscow.