a mound of earth, leaves, etc., formed by a colony of ants in digging or constructing their underground nest.
Tired out, half-starved and as disconsolate as the donkey in the stable, I sat myself on an anthill.
My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War Ben Viljoen.
This large city lay in the landscape like an anthill in a meadow.
Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2) Harriet Martineau
You will be pegged out on an anthill, sahib, when you have been beaten.
Told in the East Talbot Mundy
He came to an anthill and won all the hearts and enlisted the sympathies of the industrious little people.
New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 2, May, 1915 Various
Don Pedro had issued such a command as this, with as much indifference as he would have placed his foot upon an anthill.
Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi John S. C. Abbott
Sparks were falling on an anthill nearby and the ants in great excitement were running hither and thither with their eggs.
The Shoemaker’s Apron Parker Fillmore
So a theatre-fire would be when They’d touched the anthill with one of their cigars, to make the ants run out.
My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
If you could uncover life and watch it as you do an anthill, you would find that it had attained a new and fresh activity.
Glimpses into the Abyss Mary Higgs
Many lead to the pens of the Aphides; they reach from the anthill as far as the foot of a plant where these insects are abundant.
The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
So he pretended that he had not noticed her, and for several minutes confined his attention to the anthill.
Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
late 13c., from ant + hill.
- Ant lion
any of several insects belonging to the family Myrmeleontidae, of the order Neuroptera, the larvae of which dig a pit in sand where they lie in wait to prey upon ants or other insects that lose their footing. Historical Examples It is easy to find these pit-falls of the ant lion in sand banks in […]
Rhetoric. the identification of a person by an epithet or appellative that is not the person’s name, as his lordship. the use of the name of a person who was distinguished by a particular characteristic, as Don Juan or Annie Oakley, to designate a person or group of persons having the same characteristic. Historical Examples […]