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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Formic  \For"mic\,  a.  [L.  formica  an  ant:  cf  F.  formique.] 
  (Chem.) 
  Pertaining  to  or  derived  from  ants;  as  formic  acid;  in  an 
  extended  sense  pertaining  to  or  derived  from  formic  acid; 
  as  formic  ether. 
 
  {Amido  formic  acid},  carbamic  acid. 
 
  {Formic  acid},  a  colorless,  mobile  liquid,  {HCO.OH},  of  a 
  sharp,  acid  taste,  occurring  naturally  in  ants,  nettles, 
  pine  needles,  etc.,  and  produced  artifically  in  many  ways, 
  as  by  the  oxidation  of  methyl  alcohol,  by  the  reduction  of 
  carbonic  acid  or  the  destructive  distillation  of  oxalic 
  acid.  It  is  the  first  member  of  the  fatty  acids  in  the 
  paraffin  series,  and  is  homologous  with  acetic  acid. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  formic 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  or  derived  from  ants 
  2:  of  or  containing  or  derived  from  formic  acid 




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