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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ant  \Ant\,  n.  [OE.  ante,  amete,  emete,  AS  [ae]mete  akin  to  G. 
  ameise  Cf  {Emmet}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  hymenopterous  insect  of  the  Linn[ae]an  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. 
 
  {Ant  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  a  very  extensive  group  of  South 
  American  birds  ({Formicariid[ae]}),  which  live  on  ants. 
  The  family  includes  many  species,  some  of  which  are  called 
  {ant  shrikes},  {ant  thrushes},  and  {ant  wrens}. 
 
  {Ant  rice}  (Bot.),  a  species  of  grass  ({Aristida  oligantha}) 
  cultivated  by  the  agricultural  ants  of  Texas  for  the  sake 
  of  its  seed. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  An't  \An't\ 
  A  contraction  for  are  and  am  not  also  used  for  is  not  -- 
  now  usually  written  ain't.  [Colloq.  &  illiterate  speech.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ant-  \Ant-\ 
  See  {Anti-},  prefix. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  -ant  \-ant\  [F.  -ant,  fr  L.  -antem  or  -entem,  the  pr  p. 
  ending;  also  sometimes  directly  from  L.  -antem.] 
  A  suffix  sometimes  marking  the  agent  for  action  as 
  merchant,  covenant,  servant,  pleasant,  etc  Cf  {-ent}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ant 
  adj  :  (prefix)  opposite  or  opposing  or  neutralizing;  "`ant'  is  a 
  prefix  in  `antacid'";  "`anti'  is  a  prefix  in 
  `antihistamine'and  `antifreeze'"  [syn:  {anti}] 
  n  :  social  insect  living  in  organized  colonies; 
  characteristically  the  males  and  fertile  queen  have  wings 
  during  breeding  season;  wingless  sterile  females  are  the 
  workers  [syn:  {emmet},  {pismire}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Ant 
  (Heb.  nemalah  from  a  word  meaning  to  creep,  cut  off  destroy), 
  referred  to  in  Prov.  6:6;  30:25,  as  distinguished  for  its 
  prudent  habits.  Many  ants  in  Palestine  feed  on  animal 
  substances,  but  others  draw  their  nourishment  partly  or 
  exclusively  from  vegetables.  To  the  latter  class  belongs  the  ant 
  to  which  Solomon  refers.  This  ant  gathers  the  seeds  in  the 
  season  of  ripening,  and  stores  them  for  future  use  a  habit  that 
  has  been  observed  in  ants  in  Texas,  India,  and  Italy. 
 




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