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anthill

[ant-hil] /ˈæntˌhɪl/
noun
1.
a mound of earth, leaves, etc., formed by a colony of ants in digging or constructing their underground nest.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English amete hulle, ampte hille; see ant, hill
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  • Again, try to trace the path of one ant, and time it to see how long it takes for it to go from the anthill to the food source.
  • The anteater uses its sharp claws to tear an opening into an anthill and put its long snout and efficient tongue to work.
  • Sometimes when the chief clerk was away or asleep he walked to the window and looked down on the vast anthill activity.
  • Thousands and thousands of them ran back and forth between a tall anthill on one side and whatever they were doing on the other.
  • In several large crowd scenes, it slowly draws back to coolly contemplate the human anthill below.
  • Red couches are set up in intimate arrangements on platforms overlooking the busy anthill below: a good meeting point.
  • Delighted, he toils to take it to the anthill so that the community can enjoy it, too.
  • Watch ants in an anthill or around some spilled food.
  • The anthill is an ever-changing architectural structure.
Word Origin and History for anthill
n.

late 13c., from ant + hill.

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