See also insects.formicary, formicarium the dwelling of a colony of ants, as an anthill or nest. formication a body sensation that feels as if ants are crawling over the skin. myrmecology the branch of entomology that studies ants. —myrmecologist, n. —myrmecologic, myrmecological, adj. myrmecophilism, myrmecophily the dependence upon or attraction to ants exhibited by certain plants and insects. —myrmecophile, n. —myrmecophilous, adj, myrmecophobia 1. an abnormal fear of ants. 2. the repelling of ants by some plants through hairs or glands. —myrmecophobic, adj. xenobiosis communal life, such as that of ants, in which colonies of different species live together but do not share the raising of the young.
- plural form of ant