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n. pl. for·mi·car·ies
A nest of ants; an anthill.

[Medieval Latin formīcārium, from Latin formīca, ant.]
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(ˈfɔːmɪkərɪ) or


n, pl -caries or -caria (-ˈkɛərɪə)
(Zoology) less common names for ant hill
[C19: from Medieval Latin formīcārium see formic]
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(ˈfɔr mɪˌkɛr i)

n., pl. -car•ies.
an ant nest.
[1810–20; < Latin formīc(a) ant + -ary]
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formicary, formicarium

the dwelling of a colony of ants, as an anthill or nest.
See also: Ants
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.formicary - a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nestformicary - a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
hammock, hillock, hummock, knoll, mound - a small natural hill
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