Formicary For"mi*ca*ry, n. [LL. formicarium, fr. L. formica an ant.] (Zo["o]l.) The nest or dwelling of a swarm of ants; an ant-hill. [1913 Webster]

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  • formicary — (n.) ant nest, 1816, from M.L. formicarium, from L. formica ant (see FORMICA (Cf. Formica) (2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • formicary — [fôr′mə kerē əm] n. pl. formicaria [fôr′mə ker′ē əfôr′mi ker΄ē] n. formicaries [ML formicarium < * formicarius, of ants < L formica, ant: see FORMIC] an anthill or ants nest: also formicarium [fôr′mə kerē əm] n. formicaria [fôr′mə ker′ē ə] …   English World dictionary

  • formicary — noun (plural caries) Etymology: Medieval Latin formicarium, from Latin formica Date: 1816 an ant nest …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • formicary — n.; pl. ies [L. formica, ant] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) An ant s nest or dwelling; an ant hill; a formicarium …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • formicary — /fawr mi ker ee/, n., pl. formicaries. an ant nest. [1810 20; < ML formicarium ant hill, n. use of neut. of *formicarius of, pertaining to ants. See FORMIC, ARIUM] * * * …   Universalium

  • formicary — noun An ant colony, a pile of earth built by ants in which they nest …   Wiktionary

  • formicary — n. nest of ants, ant hill …   English contemporary dictionary

  • formicary — for·mi·cary …   English syllables

  • formicary — for•mi•car•y [[t]ˈfɔr mɪˌkɛr i[/t]] n. pl. car•ies ent an ant nest • Etymology: 1810–20; < L formīc(a) ant + ary …   From formal English to slang

  • formicary — noun a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest • Syn: ↑anthill • Hypernyms: ↑knoll, ↑mound, ↑hillock, ↑hummock, ↑hammock …   Useful english dictionary

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