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noun Ant
A hymenopterous insect of the Linnæan genus Formica, which is now made a family of several genera; an emmet; a pismire.

Note: ☞ Among ants, as among bees, there are neuter or working ants, besides the males and females; the former are without wings. Ants live together in swarms, usually raising hillocks of earth, variously chambered within, where they maintain a perfect system of order, store their provisions, and nurture their young. There are many species, with diverse habits, as agricultural ants carpenter ants honey ants foraging ants amazon ants, etc. The white ants or Termites belong to the Neuroptera.

Etymology: OE. ante amete emete, AS. æmete akin to G. ameise. Cf. Emmet

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  1. Social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers

From Middle English amte, emete, amete, from Old English ǣmette (“ant”), from Proto-Germanic *ēmaitijǭ (“ant”, literally “biting-thing, cutter”), from Proto-Germanic *ē- (“off, away”) + *maitaną (“to cut”), from Proto-Indo-European *mai- (“to cut”). Cognate with Scots emmot (“ant”), dialectal Dutch emt, empt (“ant”), German Ameise and Emse (“ant”). See also emmet.

  1. Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females.
  2. (Internet) A Web spider.

ant was also found in the following language(s): Breton, Catalan, Crimean Tatar, Haitian Creole, Lithuanian, Middle Welsh, Turkish, and Vilamovian

Notable Persons Named Ant


Ant Banks is a hip hop music rapping and record producer. His ongoing career started in 1987. Ant was given the name Anthony Banks on March 4th, 1969 in Oakland, California.


Ant Wallace was a in the field of anthropology. Ant was born on April 15th, 1923 in Toronto. He left this life on October 5th, 2015.


Ant was born on September 24th, 1916. He died on August 23rd, 2004.


Ant Whiting is a musician. Ant was given the name Anthony Whiting .



Notable Persons With the Last Name Ant

Adam Ant is a new wave music, post-punk, glam rock, and alternative rock musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1976. Adam was given the name Stuart Leslie Goddard on November 3rd, 1954 in Marylebone, London, England.



Clara Ant is a politician. Clara was born on February 7th, 1948 in La Paz, Bolivia.


George Ant is a television director and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 2010 to present. George was born in 1983.


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Fun Facts about the name Ant

  • When was the first name Ant first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Ant is Monday, January 19th, 1891.
  • How unique is the name Ant? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Ant. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Ant: Your name in reverse order is Tna. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nta. How do you pronounce that?

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