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  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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Historical Examples

  • 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.


    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


late 13c., from ant + hill.

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