anthill

noun
ant·hill | \ ˈant-ˌhil \

Definition of anthill 

: a mound of debris thrown up by ants or termites in digging their nest

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Next to the deep sea's mountains and gorges, the Grand Canyon is a mere dimple, Mount Everest a bunny slope and the Highlands an anthill on the horn of Africa. Kyle Frischkorn, Smithsonian, "Why The First Complete Map of the Ocean Floor Is Stirring Controversial Waters," 13 July 2017 The sign is surrounded by artificial turf, with an anthill-like mound in front of it to prompt the perfect pose. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Las Vegas sign site becomes memorial to shooting victims," 7 Oct. 2017 Tanker trucks and semis and auto carriers, thousands of tons of goods moving to market, like a train of ants carrying leaves to their anthill. Author: Garrison Keillor, Alaska Dispatch News, "Don’t take lunacy too seriously," 16 Aug. 2017 To some outsiders, however, this island nation may be making a mountain out of an anthill. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Evacuate the Sandbox! Japan Is Freaking Out About Fire Ants," 26 July 2017 Next to the deep sea's mountains and gorges, the Grand Canyon is a mere dimple, Mount Everest a bunny slope and the Highlands an anthill on the horn of Africa. Kyle Frischkorn, Smithsonian, "Why The First Complete Map of the Ocean Floor Is Stirring Controversial Waters," 13 July 2017 Nearby, proud father John Mezzoni of Milford stood scanning the anthill of black robed students on the arena floor, looking for his daughter Rachel Mezzoni, a physical education grad who hopes to work in an elementary school. Bill Leukhardt, courant.com, "1,000 Eastern Connecticut Grads Get Diplomas At XL Center," 16 May 2017 Other primates engage in similar behavior such as poking anthills, knowing full well that the ants will come swarming out. Rebekah Kebede, The Atlantic, "Does Electrifying Mosquitoes Protect People From Disease?," 5 May 2017 But it’s no typical anthill—the nests are made out of the ants themselves. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "From Jellyfish to Crocodiles: Where to See Unusual Migrations," 7 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of anthill

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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anthill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anthill

: a mound of dirt made by ants when building a nest

anthill

noun
ant·hill | \ ˈant-ˌhil \

Kids Definition of anthill

: a mound made by ants in digging their nest

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