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  • adj. Of, or pertaining to the Formicinae subfamily of ants

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as formicate.


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  • A moment before, hundreds of ants were trudging around a tiny pool, the water lined with ant handrails, and in shallow places, veritable formicine pontoons, -- large ants which stood up to their bodies in water, with the booty-laden host passing over them.

    Edge of the Jungle

  • Formicine males often bear a certain resemblance to workers - the antennae, for example, are geniculate - while Dolichoderine males are typically pleisiomorphic, looking much more poneromorph than formicine. News

  • OW 1885 OW pteropine bat 1844 O zebrine zebra OW Insects account for six more such terms: acarine mite 1828 OW formicine ant 1885 anopheline mosquito OW

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 1


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