AskDefine | Define Emmet

Dictionary Definition

emmet n : social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers [syn: ant, pismire]

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English

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. An ant
    • 1789: 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. - William Blake, Songs of Innocence
    • 1993: We are scurrying emmets or pismires with our sad little comedies. — Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford
  2. A tourist

Extensive Definition

Emmet may refer to:

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See also

Emmet in German: Emmet
Emmet in Dutch: Emmet
Emmet in Polish: Emmet
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