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formicary

Definition:

a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest

Class:

object noun (natural, not man-made, objects)

Plural:

formicaries

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

anthill | formicarium

Etymology:

Medieval Latin formicarium from *formicarius, of ants from Latin formica, ant:...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Ant colony

the basic family unit around which ants organize their lifecycle. Ant colonies are eusocial, and are very much like those found in other social Hymenoptera, though the various groups of these developed sociality independently through convergent... (36 of 805 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ant colony

Collins Dictionary:

ant hill | formicary [less common] | formicaries [less common, plural] | formicaria [less common, plural] | formicarium [less common] | ant-heap [less common]

a mound of soil, leaves, etc, near the entrance of an ants' nest, carried and deposited there by the ants while constructing the nest | a mound of ... (27 of 365 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ant-hill

Oxford Dictionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural] | formicarium | formicaria [related]

Syllabification: (for·mi·car·y) | an ant's nest, especially one in an artificial container for purposes of study. (15 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/formicary

New World Dictionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural] | formicaria [plural] | formicarium

an anthill or ants' nest (5 of 30 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/formicary

Merriam-Webster:

formicary | formicaries [plural]

an ant nest (3 of 22 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/formicary

American Heritage Dictionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural]

A nest of ants; an anthill. (6 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/formicary

Wiktionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural]

An ant colony, a pile of earth built by ants in which they nest. (14 of 15 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/formicary

Random House Dictionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural] | formicarium | formicaria [plural]

an ant nest. (3 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/formicary

Macmillan British Dictionary:

anthill [countable] | anthills [plural]

a pile of earth that ants make above the underground place where they live (14 of 39 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/anthill

Cambridge Dictionary:

anthill

a pile of soil created by ants when they are making their nests underground (14 of 19 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/anthill

Columbia Encyclopedia:

hammock

suspended bed, usually of netting, canvas, or leather. The hammock and its name were introduced to Europeans by Christopher Columbus, who learned of ... (23 of 78 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0822563​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

formicary [technical] | formicaries [plural] | formicarium: formicaria [plural] | formicaria [plural] | formicarium

an ant hill, including its subterranean passages (7 of 46 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613066​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural] | formicaria [plural]

Origin: Medieval Latin formicarium from *formicarius, of ants from Latin formica, ant: see "formic"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/formicary

Oxford Dictionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural] | formicarium

First use: early 19th century

Origin: medieval Latin, from Latin formica "ant"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/formicary

Collins Dictionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural] | formicaria [plural] | formicarium

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Medieval Latin formīcārium see formic

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/formicary

Merriam-Webster:

formicary | formicaries [plural]

First use: 1816

Origin: Medieval Latin formicarium, from Latin formica

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/formicary

American Heritage Dictionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural]

Origin: Medieval Latin formīcārium, from Latin formīca, ant.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/formicary

Wiktionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural]

Origin: Latin formica (ant) + -ary.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/formicary

formicarium | formicaria [plural]

Origin: Latin formica (ant) + -arium.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/formicarium

Encarta Dictionary:

formicary [technical] | formicaries [plural] | formicarium: formicaria [plural] | formicaria [plural]

First use: Early 19th century

Origin: medieval Latin formicarium from Latin formica "ant"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613066​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

formicary | formicaries [plural] | formicaria [plural] | formicarium

Audio: British English pronunciation of "formicary"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/formicary

formicarium | formicaries [plural] | formicaria [plural] | formicary

Audio: British English pronunciation of "formicarium"

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the Free Dictionary:

formicary

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "formicary"

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formicarium

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "formicarium"

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Google Dictionary:

formicary

Audio: English pronunciation of "formicary"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

formicary

Audio: North American pronunciation of "formicary"

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YourDictionary Audio:

formicary

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "formicary" by speech synthesizer

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