- answering machine,
- answering pennant,
- answering service,
- ant bear,
- ant bird,
- ant cow,
- ant egg,
- ant hill
Origin of ant
Examples from the Web for ants
Dr. Tanning assured me that these feelings were not just ANTS (“automatic negative thoughts,” in therapy parlance).
Ants crawl everywhere, forcing visitors to watch their step.
She laughs when she recalls how he served her cereal from a box so old, there were ants in it.Shooting the Stars With Fashion Photographers Markus and Indrani|Abigail Pesta|November 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Kathie goes too far in a segment about ants that “are seeking out moisture.”Kathie Lee Gifford Insults Martin Short & More Cringe-Worthy Moments (VIDEO)|Jake Heller|May 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Brazilians much on ants, either covered in chocolate or, again, fried.Forget the Starbucks Backlash—We Should Be Eating More Bugs|Daniel Stone|April 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
An order of Insects (comprising Bees, Ants, &c.) characterised by the possession of four membranous wings.The Ancient Life History of the Earth|Henry Alleyne Nicholson
This conclusion becomes almost a demonstration in the case of the ants and bees.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris
There were plodding lines of people, disciplined, carrying burdens, no bigger than ants at this distance.Valley of the Croen|Lee Tarbell
Some kinds are tended, protected, and imprisoned by ants for the 'honey-dew' which they secrete, hence called Ant-cows:—pl.
A crowd, springing up like ants on a disturbed hill, swarmed round her, but she knew nothing of them.Scarlet and Hyssop|E. F. Benson
Word Origin for ant
c.1500, from Middle English ampte (late 14c.), from Old English æmette "ant," from West Germanic *amaitjo (cf. Old High German ameiza, German Ameise) from a compound of bases *ai- "off, away" + *mai- "cut," from PIE *mai- "to cut" (cf. maim). Thus the insect's name is, etymologically, "the biter off."
As þycke as ameten crepeþ in an amete hulle [chronicle of Robert of Gloucester, 1297]
Emmet survived into 20c. as an alternative form. White ant "termite" is from 1729. To have ants in one's pants "be nervous and fidgety" is from 1934, made current by a popular song; antsy embodies the same notion.