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EN[ænt] [ɛənt] [-ænt]
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  • Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae /fɔrˈmɪsɨdiː/ and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera.
  • Ants form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies that may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals.
  • Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands. Ants thrive in most ecosystems and may form 15–25% of the terrestrial animal biomass.
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    Definition of ant in English Dictionary

  • NounPLantsPREant-SUF-ant
    1. Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females.
      1. The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters [ …] . But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna. That would be the frozen chicatanas – giant winged ants – at around $500 a kilo.
    2. (Internet) A Web spider.
    3. VerbSGantsPRantingPT, PPanted
      1. (ornithology) To rub insects, especially ants, on one's body, perhaps to control parasites or clean feathers.
        1. Wild birds tend to ant and sunbathe most frequently during periods of high humidity, particularly right after heavy or prolonged rainfall in summer.
    4. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • Together, the ant colony was greater than the sum of its parts.
        • One guy tried a griffen deck but desolation and army ants ate him alive and everyone put the monowhite decks away.
        • When you're packing for our camping trip, don't forget the essentials. You know, deodorant, ant killer, condoms, baby wipes and the whole caboodle.
      2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • We studied sociogenesis in certain species of ants.
    • Word Lists (This word is listed in the following word lists)
      1. Wiktionary : Frequency lists 1-10000
      2. SCOWL (And Friends) : Alan Beale, 12dicts 4.0 Compiled from 3 ESL Dictionaries
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Nouns
        • Countable nouns
        • Verbs

        Other Vocabulary

        Look-Alike Words
        1. fr ante
        2. en ante
        3. en anti
        4. en ant-
        5. en ANTA
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        2. en antique
        3. fr antique
        4. en anticipation
        5. fr anticipation
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        Grammatically, this word "ant" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb.
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