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  1. social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A hymenopterous insect of the Linnaean genus Formica, which is now made a family of several genera; an emmet; a pismire. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. See Anti-, prefix. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Insects of the family Formicidae, very common and widespread, probably the most successful of all the insect groups. All ants are social insects, and most colonies contain three castes, queens, males, and workers. Their habits are often very elaborate and a great many studies have been made of ant behavior. Ants produce a number of secretions that function in offense, defense, and communication. (From Borror, et al., An Introduction to the Study of Insects, 4th ed, p676) Medical Dictionary DB
  5. A small insect, usually social like the bees. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A small insect: the emmet. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A small insect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A small insect; an emmet. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Against. See ANTI-. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. In the act or process of doing; as, millitani, litigani, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. One who does; as servani, one who serves. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. An emmet; a pismire. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A prefix. See Anti. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A small insect; an emmet-of which it is a contracted form. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. (Heb. nemalah, from a word meaning to creep, cut off, destroy), referred to in Proverbs 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. biblestudytools.com
  16. (Heb. nemalah ). This insect is mentioned twice in the Old Testament: in ( Proverbs 6:6 ; 30:25 ) In the former of these passages the diligence of this insect is instanced by the wise man as an example worthy of imitation; in the second passage the ants wisdom is especially alluded to; for these insects "though they be little on the earth, are exceeding wise." (For a long time European commentators and naturalists denied that ants stored up grain for future use, as was asserted in Proverbs but while this is true of most of the 104 European species, two of those species do lay up food, and are called harvesting ants . Like species have been found in Texas and South America, and are known to exist in Palestine. They show many other proofs of their skill. Some of them build wonderful houses; these are often several stories high, sometimes five hundred times the height of the builders, with rooms, corridors, and vaulted roofs supported by pillars. Some species keep a kind of cows; others have a regular army of soldiers; some keep slaves --"No closer imitation of the ways of man could be found in the entire animal economy." (See Encyc. Brit. ) McCooks "The Honey Ants" gives many curious facts about the habits of this peculiar kind of ant, and of the harvesting ants of the American plains.--ED.) biblestudytools.com
  17. ant, n. a small insect: the emmet or pismire.--ns. ANT'-BEAR, one of the largest species of the ant-eaters, found in the swampy regions in Central and Southern America, also called the Great Ant-eater; ANT'-COW (see APHIDES); ANT'-EAT'ER, a genus of edentate South American quadrupeds, feeding on insects, and chiefly on ants, which they procure by means of their very long cylindrical tongue covered with a viscid saliva; ANT'-HILL, the hillock raised by ants to form their nest: also figuratively applied, as to the earth; ANT'-THRUSH, a general name applied to birds of tropical and sub-tropical countries which feed to a large extent on ants. [A contr. of EMMET--A.S. æmete.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. A small social hymenopterous insect celebrated for industry, emmet, pismire; a. -eggs, larvae of aa.; a. -catcher, a. -thrush, bird of thrush family living on aa.; a. -eater, name of various animals that live on aa.; a.-fly, winged a., used as bait in angling; a.-hill, mound over ant\'s nest, conical nest of termites; White A., termite, destructive social insect of neuropterous order. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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