- a brand of thermosetting plastic, usually used in transparent or printed sheets as a chemicalproof and heatproof covering for furniture, wall panels, etc.
Examples from the Web for formica
They carry off the larv of Formica fusca and Formica cunicularia.The Industries of Animals
A nymph of Parcoblatta virginica was found in a nest of Formica sp.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
They always attack the nests of the Ashy-black (Formica fusca) and the Miners.
The tactics of the Red Ants (Formica sanguinea) differ from those of the russet.
“I had a note yesterday from Mrs. Senator Conch,” said Mrs. Formica.
- trademark any of various laminated plastic sheets, containing melamine, used esp for heat-resistant surfaces that can be easily cleaned
Word Origin and History for formica
proprietary name (1922), originally manufactured by Formica Insulation Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. (founded 1913). According to the company, the material (originally marketed as an industrial insulator) was so called because it could be used for mica, i.e., in place of mica, a more expensive natural insulator. Primarily used in consumer goods since c.1945.
ant genus, 1865, from Latin formica "ant," dissimilated from PIE *morwi- "ant" (cf. Sanskrit vamrah "ant," Greek myrmex, Old Church Slavonic mraviji, Old Irish moirb, Old Norse maurr, Welsh myrion; and cf. pismire).