Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to ants.
  • adj. Of, derived from, or containing formic acid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to ants.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to or derived from formic acid (or from methane).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or derived from, ants; ; in an extended sense, pertaining to, or derived from, formic acid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, produced by, derived from, or characteristic of ants. Also formicic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or containing or derived from formic acid
  • adj. of or relating to or derived from ants

Etymologies

From Latin formīca, ant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin formica ("ant"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The California Highway Patrol indicates that the tanker was carrying a corrosive material known as formic acid.

    CNN Transcript Jan 27, 2006

  • The ERC process, "the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide," combines captured carbon dioxide with water to produce high value materials, such as formic acid and formate salts, which are conventionally obtained from the thermochemical processing of Fossil Fuels.

    Marketwire - Breaking News Releases

  • The ERC process, "the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide", combines captured carbon dioxide with water to produce high value materials, such as formic acid and formate salts, which are conventionally obtained from the thermochemical processing of fossil Fuels.

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  • The ERC process, 'the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide', combines captured carbon dioxide with water to produce high value materials, such as formic acid and formate salts, which are conventionally obtained from the thermochemical processing of Fossil Fuels.

    EarthToys Alternative Energy News

  • These ants first blind them by spraying formic acid on their eyes.

    Ants vs. Crab

  • We've discovered that another hive is afflicted with a parasitic mite with the terrifying name Varroa destructor Next week we plan to treat them with formic acid, an organic chemical control.

    Dave Snyder: Farm Report: Starting The Year From Seed

  • Presumably the lipid et cetera material that clad the first cellular like inorganic open vent vacuoles of materials such as ZnS less likely the organic destructive FeS originated from Fischer-Tropsch like processes instead of Zn world photosynthesis of CO2 to formic acid.

    New Results from Stardust Mission Paint Chaotic Picture of Early Solar System | Universe Today

  • Then again, the absence of a preferred chemosynthesis pathway that formic acid photosynthesis impress, means that the old "chicken-and-egg" paradox of "what came first, enzymes or metabolism" that it promise to resolve remains.

    New Results from Stardust Mission Paint Chaotic Picture of Early Solar System | Universe Today

  • The downside is that it is a path for CO2/water atmosphere planets, as the UV goes into synthesizing formic acid from CO2 on near surface hydrothermal ZnS deposits to turn the photo-selection crank on bio-compounds.

    Planet Formation Observed Around Massive Stars | Universe Today

  • Later, a scientist hip to the giant ant threat waves a bottle of formic acid (ant power juice) under the girl's nose.

    Them! Them! [humor]

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