Origin of formic
Examples from the Web for formic
Formic acid was supposed to be an oxide of formyl; and chloroform, the terchloride of formyl.
Sodium amalgam converts it into formic acid; whilst with alcohol it yields the normal carbonic ester.
The formic acid that the ants secrete had partly paralyzed it and made defence impossible.Bert Wilson at the Wheel|J. W. Duffield
Ants stank of formic acid plus the musky odor of their particular city.The Forgotten Planet|Murray Leinster
Formic acid has the additional advantage of making the liquor antiseptic.Leather|K. J. Adcock
British Dictionary definitions for formic
Word Origin for formic
Word Origin and History for formic
1791 (in formic acid), coined from Latin formica "ant" (see Formica (n.2)). The acid apparently first was noticed by Samuel Fisher and John Wray in 1670; it was first obtained in a fairly pure form in 1749 by German chemist Andreas Sigismund Marggraf (1709-1782), who prepared it by distilling red ants. It also is found in bee stings and stinging nettles.