pismire


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pis·mire

 (pĭs′mīr′, pĭz′-)
n.
Archaic An ant.

[Middle English pissemyre : pisse, urine (from the smell of the formic acid that ants secrete); see piss + mire, ant (probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish myre).]

pismire

(ˈpɪsˌmaɪə)
n
(Animals) an archaic or dialect word for an ant
[C14 (literally: urinating ant, from the odour of formic acid characteristic of an ant hill): from piss + obsolete mire ant, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse maurr, Middle Low German mīre ant]

pis•mire

(ˈpɪsˌmaɪər, ˈpɪz-)

n.
an ant.
[1350–1400; Middle English pissemyre=pisse(n) to urinate + myre ant, perhaps < Scandinavian (compare Dan myre, Swedish myra), c. Dutch mier; from stench of formic acid proper to ants]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pismire - social insect living in organized coloniespismire - 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
References in classic literature ?
It is a very pleasant picture to imagine Antaeus standing among the Pygmies, like the spire of the tallest cathedral that ever was built, while they ran about like pismires at his feet; and to think that, in spite of their difference in size, there were affection and sympathy between them and him
He proffers prating pronouncements of pismire presumption--two can play this game--when he writes, "[Coleridge] in his sadness offered a healing and a hope far more capacious and powerful than the paltry poultices and promises of the merely happy.
What inhibits and challenges "the affirmative impulse" in us is "the absence of any appearance of reconciliation between the theory and the practice of life" and "the disproportion between the sky of law and the pismire of performance under it.