ant·​hill | \ ˈant-ˌhil How to pronounce anthill (audio) \

Definition of anthill

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

Examples of anthill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Find an anthill or ant hole and shove a stick in it. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "9 Bugs to Eat in a Survival Situation (And 4 You Want to Avoid)," 4 June 2020 Situated in the far southwest corner of the San Francisco Volcanic Field — a swath of impressive igneous features that arcs from Williams to Flagstaff in northern Arizona — Davenport Hill is an anthill among giants. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll probably have the summit to yourself on this shady summer hike," 7 June 2019 In one summer, another cousin plucked me from a mood, unfolded and draped my back across an anthill. Justin Phillip Reed, The New Republic, "This Is Really Happening," 6 June 2019 O’Hara sometimes seems to be chronicling the life of an anthill. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of anthill

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Anthill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of anthill

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


ant·​hill | \ ˈant-ˌhil How to pronounce anthill (audio) \

Kids Definition of anthill

: a mound made by ants in digging their nest

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