ant etymology

English word ant comes from Proto-Germanic *ē-, Proto-Germanic *maitijǭ, Proto-Germanic *maitaną (To cut off, sever. To cut, hew.)

Detailed word origin of ant

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ē- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*maitijǭ Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*maitaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To cut off, sever. To cut, hew.
*ēmaitijǭ Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Ant.
ǣmette Old English (ang)
amete Middle English (enm)
ant English (eng) (Internet) A Web spider.. Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females. (ornithology) To rub insects, especially ants, on one's body, perhaps to control parasites or clean feathers.
ǣmete Old English (ang)

Words with the same origin as ant

Descendants of *ē-
Descendants of *maitaną