anthill

noun

ant·​hill ˈant-ˌhil How to pronounce anthill (audio)
: a mound of debris thrown up by ants or termites in digging their nest

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Upon hearing the shots, a third athlete from New Hampshire crashed his bike into an anthill and suffered multiple bites, according to Puerto Rican newspaper El Vocero. The Editors, Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2015 The Velvet Underground & Nico was ignored at the time, reaching an anthill peak of number 129 on the album chart. Kyle Smith, National Review, 6 Oct. 2021 The Zen of the Frenzied Ants Imagine a narrow twig spanning two mounds on an anthill to form a bridge 100 inches long. Quanta Magazine, 26 Mar. 2021 The Zen of the Frenzied Ants Imagine a narrow twig spanning two mounds on an anthill to form a bridge 100 inches long. Quanta Magazine, 26 Mar. 2021 The Zen of the Frenzied Ants Imagine a narrow twig spanning two mounds on an anthill to form a bridge 100 inches long. Quanta Magazine, 26 Mar. 2021 The Zen of the Frenzied Ants Imagine a narrow twig spanning two mounds on an anthill to form a bridge 100 inches long. Quanta Magazine, 26 Mar. 2021 The Zen of the Frenzied Ants Imagine a narrow twig spanning two mounds on an anthill to form a bridge 100 inches long. Quanta Magazine, 26 Mar. 2021 The Zen of the Frenzied Ants Imagine a narrow twig spanning two mounds on an anthill to form a bridge 100 inches long. Quanta Magazine, 26 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anthill was before the 12th century

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“Anthill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anthill. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

anthill

noun

ant·​hill ˈant-ˌhil How to pronounce anthill (audio)
: a mound made by ants in digging their nest

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