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EtymologyEdit

Calque of Chinese 螞蟻上樹; the bits of ground meat clinging to the noodles evoke an image of ants walking on twigs.

NounEdit

ants climbing a tree (uncountable)

  1. A Sichuan dish of ground meat cooked in a sauce and poured over cellophane noodles.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see ants,‎ climbing,‎ a,‎ tree.