Definition of anthill
: a mound of debris thrown up by ants or termites in digging their nest
Recent Examples of anthill from the Web
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.
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.
Other primates engage in similar behavior such as poking anthills, knowing full well that the ants will come swarming out.
But it’s no typical anthill—the nests are made out of the ants themselves.
The island of Stromboli, north of Sicily, is shaped like an anthill and blasts white smoke from its volcano all year.
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First Known Use of anthill
before 12th century
ANTHILL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anthill for English Language Learners
: a mound of dirt made by ants when building a nest
ANTHILL Defined for Kids
Definition of anthill for Students
: a mound made by ants in digging their nest
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