formicary

[ fawr-mi-ker-ee ]
/ ˈfɔr mɪˌkɛr i /
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noun, plural for·mi·car·ies.

an ant nest.

Nearby words

  1. formful,
  2. formic,
  3. formic acid,
  4. formica,
  5. formicarium,
  6. formicate,
  7. formication,
  8. formicivorous,
  9. formidable,
  10. formiminoglutamic acid

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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British Dictionary definitions for formicary

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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Word Origin and History for formicary

formicary

n.

"ant nest," 1816, from Medieval Latin formicarium, from Latin formica "ant" (see Formica (n.2)).

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