• IPA: /ˈɛmɪt/

emmet (plural emmets)

  1. (dialectal or archaic) An ant.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗:
      , New York Review of Books, 2001, p.47:
      He told him that he saw a vast multitude and a promiscuous, their habitations like molehills, the men as emmets […]
    • 1666, Dr. Edmund King, Philosophical Transactions (1665-1678) Observations Concerning Emmets or Ants, Their Eggs, Production, Progress, Coming to Maturity, Use, &c
    • before 1729, Edward Taylor, "Meditation. Joh. 14.2. I go to prepare a place for you":
      What shall a Mote up to a Monarch rise?
      An Emmet match an Emperor in might?
    • 1789, William Blake, Songs of Innocence, A Dream:
      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.
    • 1814, William Wordsworth, The Excursion, IV.430:
      [A benignity that] to the emmet gives / Her foresight, and intelligence that makes / The tiny creatures strong by social league.
  2. (Cornish dialect, pejorative) A tourist.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A male given name.
  3. A ghost town in Queensland, Australia.
  4. A city in Nevada, and.
  5. A village in Holt County, Nebraska.
  6. An unincorporated community in McLean County, North Dakota.
  7. A ghost town in Union County, South Dakota.
  8. A town in Dodge County, Wisconsin.
  9. A town in Marathon County, Wisconsin.

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