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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v formicate crawl about like ants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some birds have been know to put ants into their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid, which kills parasites
    • a Formicate (Zoöl) Resembling, or pertaining to, an ant or ants.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • formicate Of, pertaining to, or resembling an ant or ants. Also formicine.
    • formicate To swarm (in the manner of ants).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Formicate resembling an ant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. formica, an ant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. formicāre, -ātum, to creep like an ant—formica.


In literature:

Perhaps, however, the ants have not yet reached the Positivist stage, and may be totally ignorant of the enthusiasm of formicity.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
The thighs begin to struggle, as if formication was going on in the muscles.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
In some cases it becomes changed in the body into formic acid, which should therefore be sought for.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
The inflammation caused by the sting of the bee is due to formic acid.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
It is true he tastes slightly of formic acid, but that is just the flavour that epicures admire.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
On distillation with condensing acids a large proportion of volatile monobasic acids (chiefly formic) are obtained.
"Researches on Cellulose" by C. F. Cross
Formic: of, pertaining to or derived from ants.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Formic nether, for example, absorbs 45 per cent.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Nitrate of lead 1 dr. Formic acid 2 drs.
"Notes and Queries, Number 207, October 15, 1853" by Various
The distillate "B" may contain formic, acetic, propionic, butyric and benzoic acids.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Formication, radiating pains, and neuralgia are present in the area of distribution of the nerves implicated.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Formic Formic acid Acid of ants.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
There is a small quantity of acetic, formic, and succinic acids formed.
"The Bacillus of Long Life" by Loudon Douglas
Among the first class, aerial or gaseous disinfectants, formic aldehyde has of late years taken foremost place.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
The principal products are oxalic, carbonic, formic and acetic acids.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
Sensation of formication in the calves of the legs.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
This is formication spelled with an 'n.
"Sylvia & Michael" by Compton Mackenzie
It is unaffected by chromic acid, but potassium permanganate oxidizes it to formic acid.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
Formic acid in Cheddar, 248.
"The Book of Cheese" by Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
Formic is often 80-90 per cent.
"Animal Proteins" by Hugh Garner Bennett

In poetry:

The ant has made herself illustrious
By constant industry industrious.
So what? Would you be calm and placid
If you were full of formic acid?
"The Ant" by Ogden Nash

In news:

'Earth Unaware' a promising prequel set up for ' Formic War' series.
BASF has announced plans to build a world-scale production plant for formic acid at its integrated "Verbund" site in Geismar, La.
As the only formic acid production plant in North America, it will create 20 new jobs and have an annual capacity of more than 50,000 tons.
Tekion hold the exclusive license to formic-acid fuel cell technology from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.
Geismar, La — Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and BASF executives joined other officials in breaking ground on a new formic acid production plant at the company's 2,600-acre chemical complex in Geismar.
'Earth Unaware ' a promising prequel set up for 'Formic War' series.

In science:

Several key species in the organic chemistry such as ethanol (C2H5OH) and formic acid (HCOOH) have been elusive to several detection attempts.
Observing the molecular composition of galaxies