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pismire (plural pismires)
- (Britain, Ireland) An ant.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- Why looke you, I am whipt and ſcourg'd with rods,
Netled, and ſtung with piſmires, when I heare
Of this vile polititian, Bullingbrooke,
- 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus, Folio Society (2007), page 189:
- Much there is not of wonder in the confused Houses of Pismires, though much in their busie life and actions […]
- 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford:
- We are scurrying emmets or pismires with our sad little comedies.
ant — see ant
- Alternative form of