emmet

See also: Emmet

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Middle English emete, from Old English æmete, (bef. 12c) Cognate to ant.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

emmet (plural emmets)

  1. (archaic) An ant
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York Review of Books, 2001, p. 47:
      He told him that he saw a vast multitude and a promiscuous, their habitations like molehills, the men as emmets [...].
    • 1789, William Blake, Songs of Innocence:
      Once a dream did weave a shade / O'er my angel-guarded bed / That an emmet lost its way / Where on grass methought I lay.
    • 1814, William Wordsworth, The Excursion, IV.430:
      [A benignity that] to the emmet gives / Her foresight, and intelligence that makes / The tiny creatures strong by social league.
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford:
      We are scurrying emmets or pismires with our sad little comedies.
  2. (Cornish, pejorative) A tourist
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