noun Etymology: Middle English pissemire, from pisse urine + mire ant, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse maurr ant; akin to Latin formica ant, Greek myrmēx Date: 14th century ant

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  • pismire — /pis muyeur , piz /, n. an ant. [1350 1400; ME pissemyre, equiv. to pisse to urinate + obs. mire ant, perh. < Scand (cf. Dan myre, Sw myra), c. D mier; pejorative name from stench of formic acid proper to ants] * * * …   Universalium

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  • pismire — [ pɪsmʌɪə] noun archaic an ant. Origin ME: from piss (alluding to the smell of an anthill) + obs. mire ant …   English new terms dictionary

  • pismire — n. Ant, emmet …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • pismire — pis·mire …   English syllables

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