Formica

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Formica type genus of the Formicidae
    • n Formica any of various plastic laminates containing melamine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Formica fôr*mī"kȧ (Zoöl) A Linnæan genus of hymenopterous insects, including the common ants. See Ant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Formica The typical genus of ants of the family Formicidœ, formerly, as used by Linnæus, coextensive ‘with the whole group of formicarians, but now greatly restricted. It still contains many species, having the abdominal peduncle one-jointed, the mandibles triangular and denticulate, and the females stingless. F. rufa is a common red ant, found both in Europe and in North America.
    • n Formica [lowercase] [ML., a kind of abscess (apostema), lit. an ant; also called porrum, lit. leek; cf. F. oignon, a bunion, lit. an onion.] An abscess; in falconry, a distemper in a hawk's bill which eats it away.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., an ant

Usage

In literature:

Formica sanguinea was likewise first discovered by P. Huber to be a slave-making ant.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
I collected this for a Formica.
"Darwin and Modern Science" by A.C. Seward and Others
Another species, Formica sanguinea, was likewise first discovered by P. Huber to be a slave-making ant.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
I will quote something which he says about Formica fusca.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
For example, formica; can you guess?
"Piccolissima" by Eliza Lee Follen
A favourite character of Rosa's was that of Formica, a Clown of Calabria.
"A History of Pantomime" by R. J. Broadbent
FORMICA RUFA, sympathy evinced by, 102.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
Another species, Formica sanguinea, was likewise first discovered by P. Huber to be a slave-making ant.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
In about two hours, all the nests of the formicae were rifled.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Aunt Formica expected a great deal from him in the way of deportment and dress.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various
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In news:

Courtney beats East Lyme's Formica to win fourth term.
Restaurateur Paul Formica Takes On 3-Term Incumbent Joe Courtney.
The two major party candidates in the 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Rep Joe Courtney and his Republican challenger, East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica , will take part in a one-hour debate Monday.
Formica has right to run for higher office.
East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica has won the endorsement in the Republican 2nd Congressional District with a 59% vote.
Is this the right race for Formica .
If there was to be a political announcement coming from East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica I would have anticipated a challenge to incumbent Democratic state Sen Andrea Stillman in the 20th District.
Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Formica maintenance.
East Lyme First Selectman and endorsed Republican congressional candidate Paul Formica will be meeting with The Bulletin's editorial board Wednesday, the first of the many candidates.
The wood-grain Formica on the tables and the orange vinyl on the chairs are a little worn.
Gottlieb's interior is a museum of smudgy '50s-style Formica, green Naugahyde, and the kind of high counters that made you feel smaller as a kid.
A strip of faux granite across the dashboard looked like Formica I rejected for my kitchen.
Monday's Ask the Experts: Toilet bowl acid and Formica.
"I won't have a conventional mattress in here," Mr Formica, 55, said, his feet in thick-sole black leather shoes planted amid 16 water bed s at his shop here, Odds 'N' Ends Waterbeds , just north of Berkeley.
ROLAND FORMICA is a lonely soldier.
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