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anthill

[ant-hil]
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noun
  1. a mound of earth, leaves, etc., formed by a colony of ants in digging or constructing their underground nest.
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Origin of anthill

1250–1300; Middle English amete hulle, ampte hille; see ant, hill
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Related Words for anthill

mountain, rise, hillock, shock, drift, dune, pile, bank, embankment, knoll, mass, stack, molehill, anthill, tumulus

Examples from the Web for anthill

Historical Examples of anthill

  • This large city lay in the landscape like an anthill in a meadow.

    Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)

    Harriet Martineau

  • He was about 400 yards off, and was running from one anthill to another.

  • This place is just like an enormous anthill—you know an anthill is nothing but a nursery.

    Herland

    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

  • And he was turned into an anthill covered over with creepers.

  • You will be pegged out on an anthill, sahib, when you have been beaten.

    Told in the East

    Talbot Mundy


Word Origin and History for anthill

n.

late 13c., from ant + hill.

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