- pisiform bone,
- pismo clam,
Origin of pismire
Examples from the Web for pismire
You must understand he is an emmet of quality, and has better blood in his veins than any pismire in the mole-hill.The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant|John Hamilton Moore
An ancient name for the ant is pismire, probably a Danish word, from paid and myre, signifying such ants as live in hillocks.Folk-lore of Shakespeare|Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Observe how the whole swarm divide and make way for the pismire that passes through them!Thackerayana|William Makepeace Thackeray
Thou art no more than a pismire; why wilt thou seek to provoke the elephants?The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
As if we should look upon an ant or pismire, the parts fly the sight, and the whole considered is almost nothing.Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter|Ben Jonson
Word Origin for pismire
"ant," late 14c. (early 14c. as a surname), from pyss "urine" (said to be in reference to the acrid smell of an anthill) + mire "an ant," probably from Old Norse maurr "ant" (cf. Swedish myra, Danish myre, Middle Dutch miere, Dutch mier, Crimean Gothic miera "ant"), from PIE base *morwi- (see Formica (2)). Cf. pissant, also early Dutch mierseycke (from seycke "urine"), Finnish kusiainen (from kusi "urine").
He is as angry as a pissemyre,
Though þat he haue al that he kan desire.
Applied contemptuously to persons from 1560s.