Definition of formicary in English:


Syllabification: for·mi·car·y
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrmiˌkerē
(also formicarium /ˌfôrmiˈke(ə)rēəm/)

noun (plural formicaries; formicaria /-ˈke(ə)rēə/)

  • An ant’s nest, especially one in an artificial container for purposes of study.
    More example sentences
    • 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.


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

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