Definition of formicarium in English:

formicarium

Line breaks: for¦mic|ar¦ium
Pronunciation: /ˌfɔːmɪˈkɛːrɪəm
 
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noun (plural formicaria)

  • An ant’s nest, especially one in an artificial container for purposes of study.
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    • So many folks have asked about my formicarium that my friend, Ray, has started making them for sale.
    • The formicarium had been unused over two months so I put some water on the gel and added sugar and soya.
    • The queen is in the formicarium now and seems quite busy exploring her new surroundings.

Origin

early 19th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin formica 'ant'.

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