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[ant-hil] /ˈæntˌhɪl/
a mound of earth, leaves, etc., formed by a colony of ants in digging or constructing their underground nest.
Origin of anthill
1250-1300; Middle English amete hulle, ampte hille; see ant, hill Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Without saying more, I merely begged him to mount upon the ant hill and look toward M'rooli.

    In the Heart of Africa Samuel White Baker
  • Lads of Zuñi took my egg and hatched it under a turkey hen, at the ant hill.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • On the ground before him was something that looked like an ant hill.

    Planet of the Gods Robert Moore Williams
  • Hopalong began to itch and he saw that he was near an ant hill.

    Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Clarence Edward Mulford
  • Like ants, the players swarmed toward him; the whole playing court, indeed, was curiously like an ant hill.

  • The camp had been like an ant hill all during that month of holidays.

  • On Sunday we gathered on the side of an ant hill, in the shade of some trees, and here a much larger number came for services.

    South and South Central Africa H. Frances Davidson
  • There was a crude ladder running up the side of the ant hill.

    The Forest of Mystery James H. Foster
  • I have, however, seen lions miles from game, slumbering peacefully atop an ant hill.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • Hundreds of them were coming from the ant hill and were flying off.

    Planet of the Gods Robert Moore Williams
British Dictionary definitions for ant hill

ant hill

a mound of soil, leaves, etc, near the entrance of an ants' nest, carried and deposited there by the ants while constructing the nest
a mound of earth, usually about 2 metres high, built up by termites in forming a nest
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Word Origin and History for ant hill



late 13c., from ant + hill.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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