Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mound of soil, sand, or dirt formed by ants or termites in digging or building a nest.

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  • noun A cone-shaped formation constructed from sediment and other available materials by ants or termites. The colony nests underneath this cone.

Etymologies

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From Middle English ametehul, from Old English ǣmethyll ("anthill"), equivalent to ant +‎ hill.

Examples

  • Each ant in an anthill is doing this or that, but the anthill itself is doing something else. cogito, ergo Mixner non sum Says:

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  • Now maybe a thousand kilometers away from our anthill is another anthill.

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  • Not all of the faceless residents of the "anthill" are as lucky as Huang.

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  • Not all of the faceless residents of the "anthill" are as lucky as Huang.

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  • Her forehead was swelling like an anthill, with beads of blood flowing out of it instead of insects.

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  • Driving for three hours was like knocking over an anthill and daring a hundred little creatures to gnaw on my nerve endings.

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  • 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.

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  • Her forehead was swelling like an anthill, with beads of blood flowing out of it instead of insects.

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  • 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.

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  • Driving for three hours was like knocking over an anthill and daring a hundred little creatures to gnaw on my nerve endings.

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  • I can't decide whether or not the two WeirdNet definitions contradict each other; I suppose it depends on the definition of natural.

    September 24, 2008

  • Regarding the fossil evidence of dinosaur-age mammals found in anthills: "It has been found that in addition to ordinary sand-grains certain of the anthills also contain fossils, tiny teeth, bone fragments, and in rare instances perfect bones that the ants had unconsciously collected and have been the source of much of our knowledge of smaller forms which were contemporaneous with the larger reptiles." - Popular Science Monthly, September, 1915, p. 241.

    March 8, 2011

  • "After the Indian camp has broken up and moved away, many Indian beads can usually be found on the outside of the anthills." Ants Ornamenting Their Homes, St. Nicholas: a Monthly Magazine for Boys and Girls, Volume 27, Part 1, p. 549, 1900.

    March 8, 2011