a small insect, often with a sting, that usually lives in a complex social colony with one or more breeding queens. It is wingless except for fertile adults, which often form large mating swarms, and is proverbial for industriousness.
Family Formicidae, order Hymenoptera: several subfamilies
have ants in one's pants
informal be fidgety or restless.
Old Englishǣmete; related to German Ameise. Compare with emmet