from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A trademark used for a variety of high-pressure laminated plastic sheets of synthetic resin employed especially as a heat-resistant and chemical-resistant surface on tables and counters. This trademark sometimes occurs in print in attributive uses: "The restaurant was dimly lit, with plain Formica tables and cushioned booths” ( Chicago Tribune).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subtribe Formicini — many ants.
- proper n. A plastic laminate material.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A Linnæan genus of hymenopterous insects, including the common ants. See ant.
- proper n. A thermosetting plastic material composed of melamine resin, having good heat and chemical resistance, and commonly used as the surface layer in laminated sheets employed as coverings for counter tops, walls, or furniture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of ants of the family Formicidœ, formerly, as used by Linnæus, coextensive ‘with the whole group of formicarians, but now greatly restricted.
- n. [lowercase] [ML., a kind of abscess (apostema), lit. an ant; also called porrum, lit. leek; cf. F. oignon, a bunion, lit. an onion.] An abscess; in falconry, a distemper in a hawk's bill which eats it away.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Formicidae
- n. any of various plastic laminates containing melamine
Latin formica ("ant") (Wiktionary)
Coined in 1913 as a name for the material and the company producing it. Formica was originally intended as a replacement “for mica”, which was then commonly used for electrical insulation. (Wiktionary)