Typical ant baits will kill the worker ants and leave the queen to pump out more.—Lucy Warren, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2023 Glue little ants to your napkin rings to be freaky but not too freaky.—Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 8 Aug. 2023 Lauren Reed caught an adorable video of her toddler, Maisie, introducing herself to ants.—Allison Moses, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 But honey from the ballooning ants has a different mechanism to treat ailments.—Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 31 July 2023 This simple spray hose is easy-to-use, plus this hefty formula claims to repel an array of insects like crickets, ants and fleas.—Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, 14 July 2023 Meanwhile, the smallest is the leaf cutter ant, each of which weighs just 5 milligrams.—Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2023 The stainless steel lid keeps out fruit flies and ants and blocks odors.—Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2023 Besides being a general nuisance, cockroaches and flies can spread diseases such as salmonella and dysentery, while termites, silverfish and ants chip away at the structure of your home.—Lori Keong, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English ante, emete, from Old English æmette; akin to Old High German āmeiza ant
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from -ant, present participle suffix, from Latin -ant-, -ans, present participle suffix of first conjugation, from -a- (stem vowel of first conjugation) + -nt-, -ns, present participle suffix; akin to Old English -nde, present participle suffix, Greek -nt-, -n, participle suffix
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above
The first known use of ant was
before the 12th century