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
  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 April 23, “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

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añt (with genitive)

  1. on

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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