Complete Definition of "pismire"

English

Etymology
From piss + mire âantâ, named from the smell of an anthill.

Pronunciation
IPA|/'pɪsmaɪÉ/

Noun
en-noun

  1. context|obsolete|_|except in dialects An ant.

#*Late C14: He is as angry as a pissemyre, / Ãogh þat he have al þat he kan desire â Geoffrey Chaucer, The Summoner's Tale
#*1658: Much there is not of wonder in the confused Houses of Pismires, though much in their busie life and actions â Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 189)
#*1993: We are scurrying emmets or pismires with our sad little comedies. â Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford

Translations
trans-top|an ant
trans-mid
Middle English: pissemyre
trans-bottom

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