- 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 formic; from 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 form&imacron;ca, ant.
(comparative more formic, superlative most formic)
- Of or pertaining to ants.
- (organic chemistry) Of, pertaining to or derived from formic acid (from methane).