American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mound of soil, sand, or dirt formed by ants or termites in digging or building a nest.
- n. A cone-shaped formation constructed from sediment and other available materials by ants or termites. The colony nests underneath this cone.
- From Middle English ametehul, from Old English ǣmethyll ("anthill"), equivalent to ant + hill. (Wiktionary)
“Each ant in an anthill is doing this or that, but the anthill itself is doing something else. cogito, ergo Mixner non sum Says:”
“Now maybe a thousand kilometers away from our anthill is another anthill.”
“Not all of the faceless residents of the "anthill" are as lucky as Huang.”
“Haunted by memories of the terrible mistake that drove him to this island and away from a successful career as a surgeon, he lives in a stasis so complete an anthill grows undisturbed in his living room.”
“Driving for three hours was like knocking over an anthill and daring a hundred little creatures to gnaw on my nerve endings.”
“Her forehead was swelling like an anthill, with beads of blood flowing out of it instead of insects.”
“Walking up stairs, timing cooking, running up an "anthill" hill all take focus and adjusting too.”
“The endless creativity of the human animal is one of the differences between us and a chimpanzee poking sticks into an anthill in search of a juicy meal.”
“After all, some affinity is required to feel you understand where someone is coming from when a commentary on song titles involves a discourse on the variety of ants in the world and one ant taking over a neighboring anthill by asking an existential question.”
“All you have to do is poke the anthill with a stick.”
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