formic-, form-, -formic
(Latin: ant, ants)
2. Derived from formic acid, a type of chemical secreted by ants.
This substance as it occurs in living organisms produces the stinging sensation that results from the bite of red ants and is also found in spiders, in pine needles, as well as in stinging nettles.
Formic acid is made commercially by the reaction of carbon monoxide with sodium hydroxide and is used in dyeing and finishing textiles, treating leather, and producing fumigants, insecticides, and refrigerants.
Going back to the Latin word for "ant", it was first obtained in 1670 from the distillation of ants.
Common names for this group are wood ant, mound ant, and field ant.2. Social insects of the family Formicidae, characteristically having wings only in the males and fertile females and living in colonies that have complex social organizations.
2. Resembling: an ant.
2. Plants which attract ants by means of sweet secretions.
They are solitary, non-migratory, feed on insects; some species follow armies of ants to catch when they are flushed out; they nest in trees or on the ground; their beaks are usually strong and hooked; their wings are short and rounded, while their flight is weak.
2. Nests of ants, consisting of galleries and chambers excavated in the earth and covered by mounds of debris (grass, sticks, etc.).
2. To crawl or to collect in swarms; such as, ants: Mrs. Jones was quite disturbed by the many insects that she saw formicating across her kitchen floor!
3. Etymology: from Latin formicare, "to crawl like an ant".
2. A form of paresthesia producing an itching and tingling sensation like that of ants running over the skin: "The feeling of formication is one of the more common side effects of cocaine withdrawal."
"Formication is also an abnormal sensation or hallucination that ants are crawling in or on the skin; which is a common symptom in diseases of the spinal cord and the peripheral nerves."
2. The itching, swollen condition following an ant bite or bites.
Here is another word unit that is related directly to "ants": myrmeco-.
An extensive list of terms or topics about ants in general are available at this Ant-Entomology Terms unit.
A cross reference of other word family units that are related directly, or indirectly, with: "insects, bugs, worms; invertebrates": aphidi-; api-; ascari-; culci-; Dung Beetle Survival; Dung Beetles Important; Eating Worms; entomo-; Guinea worms; helmintho-; insecto-; Insects: Importance; isopter-; larvi-; lepidopter-; meliss-; mosquito; Mosquito, other Languages; Mosquitoes, Pt. 1; Mosquitoes, Pt. 2; myrmeco-; scarab; scoleco-; sphec-; taeni-; termit-; vermo-.