formicary

[ fawr-mi-ker-ee ]
/ ˈfɔr mɪˌkɛr i /

noun, plural for·mi·car·ies.

an ant nest.

Origin of formicary

1810–20; < Medieval Latin formīcārium ant hill, noun use of neuter of *formīcārius of, pertaining to ants. See formic, -arium
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formicary

formicarium (ˌfɔːmɪˈkɛərɪəm)

/ (ˈfɔːmɪkərɪ) /

noun plural -caries or -caria (-ˈkɛərɪə)

less common names for ant hill

Word Origin for formicary

C19: from Medieval Latin formīcārium see formic
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