Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of hymenopterous insects, of the suborder Heterogyna and family Formicidæ, or ants. They have very short palps, and the heads of the workers are thick. A. cephalotes is a West Indian species called the visiting ant, and A. fervens is the red ant of Texas.
- n. The name in Brazil of the fruits of several trees belonging to the genus Anona, especially of those of A. obtusiflora, a native of the Antilles and cultivated in Brazil.
- n. The name given by the Singalese to the sweet-sop, Anona squamosa, which was introduced into India and Ceylon by the Portuguese several centuries ago. In India the name is represented by ata, and in Guam and the Philippines by atis. See Anona, atis (with cut), and sweet-sop.
“I too got handvo atta from the grocery, it's now time to use it!”
“We call it atta, but you may also find it being sold as chappati flour.”
“Y'atta'alliikesh shanandahhii shicha'an, ninihalli'yah.”
“Noting that her government was using all efforts to provide maximum relief and reducing burden to people, she said the government's aim was to sell 'atta' and 10 kinds of pulses to mitigate inflationary trends in food items.”
“That used both by Indians and Arabs for chapatties is the Indian variety known at 'atta' which retains most of the essential parts of the wheat grain.”
“I am stocking up on 'atta' (wheat flour) and cooking oil, as everyone says there may be shortages if things get much worse," said Anwar Hameed, a trader in a Lahore market.”
“I earned about Rs 3,000 [US$38] a month as a labourer, buying a little 'atta' [wheat flour] or other food with what I earned each day.”
“No matter where you were in the world, he would find the time, pick up the phone, and give you an 'atta boy.”
“Ten minutes later, a male colleague suggests a remarkably similar idea and everyone jumps on board with a hearty chorus of "atta boy" and "great idea!”
“Mondo is flat-ironing his hair in a bright pink towel, Andy is asleep on the sleek pillow of his ponytail, probably dreaming of Laotian buddhas and parachute pants, and Gretchen's nightstand holds an empty glass of wine (atta girl).”
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