ant

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A group of ants.

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From Middle English amte, amete, from Old English ǣmette (ant), from Proto-Germanic *ēmaitijǭ (ant, literally biting-thing, cutter), from Proto-Germanic *ē- (off, away) + *maitaną (to cut), from Proto-Indo-European *mai- (to cut). Cognate with German Ameise and Emse (ant). See also emmet.

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ant (plural ants)

  1. Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females.
    • 2013 July 26, Nick Miroff, “Mexico gets a taste for eating insects […]”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 32: 
      The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters […]. But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna. That would be the frozen chicatanas – giant winged ants – at around $500 a kilo.
  2. (Internet) A Web spider.

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ant (third-person singular simple present ants, present participle anting, simple past and past participle anted)

  1. (ornithology) To rub insects, especially ants, on one's body, perhaps to control parasites or clean feathers.
    • 1974 December 17, “Relationship of anting and sunbathing to molting in wild birds”, The Auk, volume 91, page 538: 
      Wild birds tend to ant and sunbathe most frequently during periods of high humidity, particularly right after heavy or prolonged rainfall in summer.

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Breton[edit]

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ant m

  1. furrow

Catalan[edit]

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ant m (plural ants)

  1. elk, moose

Crimean Tatar[edit]

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ant

  1. oath

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Haitian Creole[edit]

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From French entre (between).

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ant

  1. between

Lithuanian[edit]

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añt (with genitive)

  1. on

Middle Welsh[edit]

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ant

  1. third-person plural present indicative of mynet

Turkish[edit]

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From Old Turkic ant, from Proto-Turkic *Ānt (oath).

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ant

  1. oath

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