|1.||army ant fire ant slave ant See also wood ant 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 matingRelated: formic|
|2.||white ant another name for a termite|
|3.||slang have ants in one's pants to be restless or impatient|
|[Old English ǣmette; related to Old High German āmeiza, Old Norse meita; see |
|—suffix forming adjectives, —suffix forming nouns|
|causing or performing an action or existing in a certain condition; the agent that performs an action: pleasant; claimant; deodorant; protestant; servant|
|[from Latin -ant-, ending of present participles of the first conjugation]|
"As þycke as ameten crepeþ in an amete hulle" [chronicle of Robert of Gloucester, 1297]
Variant of anti-.
(Heb. nemalah, from a word meaning to creep, cut off, destroy), referred to in Prov. 6:6; 30:25, as distinguished for its prudent habits. Many ants in Palestine feed on animal substances, but others draw their nourishment partly or exclusively from vegetables. To the latter class belongs the ant to which Solomon refers. This ant gathers the seeds in the season of ripening, and stores them for future use; a habit that has been observed in ants in Texas, India, and Italy.