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Go to the ant, thou sluggard, … . which provideth her meat in the summer” (Proverbs vi. 6–8; and xxx. 25). The notion that ants in general gather food in harvest for a winter’s store is quite an error; in the first place, they do not live on grain, but chiefly on animal food; and in the next place they are torpid in winter, and do not require food. Colonel Sykes, however, says there is in Poonah a grain-feeding species, which stores up millet-seed; and according to Lubbock and Moggridge, ants in the south of Europe and in Texas make stores.

⁂ What are called “ant eggs” are not eggs, but the pupæ of ants.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Antimony
Antinomian. [Greek, anti-nomos, exempt from the law.]
Antinous
Antipathy (of human beings)
Antipathy (of animals)
Anti-pope
Antisthenes
Antoninus
Antony
Antrustions
Ants
Anubis
Anvil
Any-how
Aõnian
A ontrance. (French.)
Ape
Apellēs
Apemantus
A-per-se
Apex

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