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  • Obs. n., An ant.

    Apparently from Callicrates, name of a Greek artist celebrated for his minute ivory carvings of ants and other small animals (Pliny N.H. VII. xxi. §21, ‘Callicrates ex ebore formicas et alia tam parva fecit animalia ut partes eorum a ceteris cerni non possent’).

    August 12, 2008