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  1. (context, obsolete, _, except in dialects) An ant.
    • Late C14: He is as angry as a pissemyre, / ížogh í¾at he have al í¾at he kan desire " 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 " Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 189)
    • 1993: We are scurrying emmets or pismires with our sad little comedies. " Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford
    Etymology: From piss + mire "ant", named from the smell of an anthill.

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