Bache tells us that pismire was also banned, antmire being substituted for it.
As if we should look upon an ant or pismire, the parts fly the sight, and the whole considered is almost nothing.
You must understand he is an emmet of quality, and has better blood in his veins than any pismire in the molehill.
Celia: You would never be satisfied and you to see me working from dark to dark as hard as a pismire in the tufts.
I've got a thousand-legged worm at the head of a pismire flush, and it serves us right, for a lot of slovens.
An ancient name for the ant is pismire, probably a Danish word, from paid and myre, signifying such ants as live in hillocks.
At first he said he was a pismire, but the Speaker said pismire was not parliamentary, and he modified it to grasshopper.
Thou art no more than a pismire; why wilt thou seek to provoke the elephants?
You must understand he is an emmet of quality, and has better blood in his veins than any pismire in the mole-hill.
Observe how the whole swarm divide and make way for the pismire that passes through them!
"ant," late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from pyss "urine" (said to be in reference to the acrid smell of an anthill) + mire "an ant," probably from Old Norse maurr "ant" (cf. Swedish myra, Danish myre, Middle Dutch miere, Dutch mier, Crimean Gothic miera "ant"), from PIE base *morwi- (see Formica (2)). Cf. pissant, also early Dutch mierseycke (from seycke "urine"), Finnish kusiainen (from kusi "urine").
He is as angry as a pissemyre,Applied contemptuously to persons from 1560s.
Though þat he haue al that he kan desire.