- of ants
- designating or of a colorless acid, HCOOH, that is extremely irritating to the skin: it is found in living organisms, as ants, spiders, and nettles, and is prepared commercially for use in dyeing textiles, treating leather, preserving food, etc.
Origin of formicfrom Classical Latin formica, an ant from Indo-European an unverified form morm-, variant, variety of morwi- from source Old Irish moirb, Old Norse maurr, ant: see pismire
- Of or relating to ants.
- Of, derived from, or containing formic acid.
Origin of formicFrom Latin formīca ant
(comparative more formic, superlative most formic)
- Of or pertaining to ants.
- (organic chemistry) Of, pertaining to or derived from formic acid (from methane).