pismire

[ pis-mahyuh r, piz- ]
/ ˈpɪsˌmaɪər, ˈpɪz- /
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noun

an ant.

Nearby words

  1. pisidian,
  2. pisiform,
  3. pisiform bone,
  4. pisistratidae,
  5. pisistratus,
  6. pismo clam,
  7. pisolite,
  8. pisolith,
  9. pisolitic,
  10. piss

Origin of pismire

1350–1400; Middle English pissemyre, equivalent to pisse to urinate + obsolete mire ant, perhaps < Scandinavian (compare Danish myre, Swedish myra), cognate with Dutch mier; pejorative name from stench of formic acid proper to ants

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British Dictionary definitions for pismire

pismire

/ (ˈpɪsˌmaɪə) /

noun

an archaic or dialect word for an ant

Word Origin for pismire

C14 (literally: urinating ant, from the odour of formic acid characteristic of an ant hill): from piss + obsolete mire ant, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse maurr, Middle Low German mīre ant

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Word Origin and History for pismire

pismire

n.
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