- of or relating to ants.
- Chemistry. of or derived from formic acid.
Origin of formic
Examples from the Web for formic
The inflammation caused by the sting of the bee is due to formic acid.
The name "formic" is derived from the Latin formica, signifying ant.
Formic acid has the additional advantage of making the liquor antiseptic.Leather
K. J. Adcock
Formic acid reduces the salts of mercury and silver, and forms salts with the bases termed formiates.
Formic acid is shed so sensibly by the wood Ant, Formica rufa, when an Ant-hill is stirred, that it can occasion an inflammation.
- of, relating to, or derived from ants
- of, containing, or derived from formic acid
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.