emmet (plural emmets)
- (dialectal or archaic) An ant.
1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.47:
- He told him that he saw a vast multitude and a promiscuous, their habitations like molehills, the men as emmets […]
- before 1729, Edward Taylor, "Meditation. Joh. 14.2. I go to prepare a place for you":
- What shall a Mote up to a Monarch rise?
- An Emmet match an Emperor in might?
- 1789, William Blake, Songs of Innocence, A Dream:
- Once a dream did weave a shade / O'er my angel-guarded bed / That an emmet lost its way / Where on grass methought I lay.
- 1814, William Wordsworth, The Excursion, IV.430:
- [A benignity that] to the emmet gives / Her foresight, and intelligence that makes / The tiny creatures strong by social league.
1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford:
- We are scurrying emmets or pismires with our sad little comedies.
- (Cornwall, pejorative) A tourist.