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1US Regional Anthill. In later use US regional and Australian.
2Chiefly Australian. The mixture of earth or clay and organic matter of which termite mounds are formed, which was formerly used to make a simple flooring material and mortar.
Old English; earliest use found in Leechbook. From ant + bed.
ant bed/ˈant bɛd/
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