Definitions

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

  • noun An ant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An ant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.), chiefly dialect An ant.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the wryneck{3}, a type of bird related to the woodpeckers.

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  • noun archaic An ant
  • noun Cornish, pejorative A tourist

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  • noun social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers

Etymologies

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

[Middle English emete, from Old English ǣmete.]

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Middle English emete, from Old English æmete, (bef. 12c) Cognate to ant.

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  • WeirdNet is refusing to say the a-word.

    April 4, 2009

  • "Once a dream did weave a shade

    O'er my Angel-guarded bed,

    That an emmet lost its way

    Where on grass methought I lay."

    – Wm. Blake, "A Dream", Songs of Innocence (1789)

    October 9, 2015