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From Old English ǣmette from Proto-Germanic *amaitjo (“‘biting-thing’”). Cognate with German Ameise. The Middle English form was amte; a parallel development, emete, is represented by archaic modern English emmet.
- Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females.
- Useinov & Mireev Dictionary, Simferopol, Dolya, 2002 
- on, followed by genitive
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