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pismire

[ pis-mahyuhr, piz- ]
/ ˈpɪsˌmaɪər, ˈpɪz- /
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noun
an ant.
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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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