[fawr-mahy-kuh] /fɔrˈmaɪ kə/

a brand of thermosetting plastic, usually used in transparent or printed sheets as a chemicalproof and heatproof covering for furniture, wall panels, etc.
trademark any of various laminated plastic sheets, containing melamine, used esp for heat-resistant surfaces that can be easily cleaned

proprietary name (1922), originally manufactured by Formica Insulation Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. (founded 1913). According to the company, the material (originally marketed as an industrial insulator) was so called because it could be used for mica, i.e., in place of mica, a more expensive natural insulator. Primarily used in consumer goods since c.1945.

ant genus, 1865, from Latin formica “ant,” dissimilated from PIE *morwi- “ant” (cf. Sanskrit vamrah “ant,” Greek myrmex, Old Church Slavonic mraviji, Old Irish moirb, Old Norse maurr, Welsh myrion; and cf. pismire).


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    [fawr-mi-ker-ee] /ˈfɔr mɪˌkɛr i/ noun, plural formicaries. 1. an ant nest. /ˈfɔːmɪkərɪ/ noun (pl) -caries, -caria (-ˈkɛərɪə) 1. less common names for ant hill n. “ant nest,” 1816, from Medieval Latin formicarium, from Latin formica “ant” (see Formica (n.2)).

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