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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  An't \An't\
     A contraction for are and am not; also used for is not; --
     now usually written ain't. [Colloq. & illiterate speech.]
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:



  Ant- \Ant-\
     See {Anti-}, prefix.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  -ant \-ant\ [F. -ant, fr. L. -antem or -entem, the pr. p.
     ending; also sometimes directly from L. -antem.]
     A suffix sometimes marking the agent for action; as,
     merchant, covenant, servant, pleasant, etc. Cf. {-ent}.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Ant \Ant\, n. [OE. ante, amete, emete, AS. [ae]mete akin to G.
     ameise. Cf. {Emmet}.] (Zool.)
     A hymenopterous insect of the Linn[ae]an genus {Formica},
     which is now made a family of several genera; an emmet; a
     pismire.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Among ants, as among bees, there are neuter or working
           ants, besides the males and females; the former are
           without wings. Ants live together in swarms, usually
           raising hillocks of earth, variously chambered within,
           where they maintain a perfect system of order, store
           their provisions, and nurture their young. There are
           many species, with diverse habits, as agricultural
           ants, carpenter ants, honey ants, foraging ants, amazon
           ants, etc. The white ants or Termites belong to the
           Neuroptera.
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     {Ant bird} (Zool.), one of a very extensive group of South
        American birds ({Formicariid[ae]}), which live on ants.
        The family includes many species, some of which are called
        {ant shrikes}, {ant thrushes}, and {ant wrens}.
  
     {Ant rice} (Bot.), a species of grass ({Aristida oligantha})
        cultivated by the agricultural ants of Texas for the sake
        of its seed.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

  ant
       n : social insect living in organized colonies;
           characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings
           during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the
           workers [syn: {emmet}, {pismire}]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:

  Ant
     (Heb. nemalah, from a word meaning to creep, cut off, destroy),
     referred to in Prov. 6:6; 30:25, as distinguished for its
     prudent habits. Many ants in Palestine feed on animal
     substances, but others draw their nourishment partly or
     exclusively from vegetables. To the latter class belongs the ant
     to which Solomon refers. This ant gathers the seeds in the
     season of ripening, and stores them for future use; a habit that
     has been observed in ants in Texas, India, and Italy.
     

















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