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formic (adj.)

1791 (in formic acid), literally "from ants," coined from Latin formica "ant" (see Formica (n.2)). The acid first was obtained in a fairly pure form in 1749 by German chemist Andreas Sigismund Marggraf (1709-1782), who prepared it by distilling red ants. It also is found in nettles and bee stings.

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Definitions of formic

formic (adj.)
of or relating to or derived from ants;
formic (adj.)
of or containing or derived from formic acid;
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