noun (plural formicaria)
An ant’s nest, especially one in an artificial container for purposes of study.
- 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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