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Dictionary Definition

pismire 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, emmet]

User Contributed Dictionary



From piss + mire ‘ant’, named from the smell of an anthill.


  • /'pɪsmaɪə/


  1. In the context of "obsolete|_|except in dialects": An ant.
    • Late C14: He is as angry as a pissemyre, / Þogh þat he have al þat 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


an ant

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