Definition of formicarium in English:

formicarium

noun

  • An ant's nest, especially one in an artificial container for purposes of study.

    • ‘Ask students to make observations of the formicarium at specific times and record this information in a class log.’
    • ‘Keep the formicarium dark, except when you are observing the ants, and even then use as low a light level as possible.’
    • ‘The queen is in the formicarium now and seems quite busy exploring her new surroundings.’
    • ‘The formicarium had been unused over two months so I put some water on the gel and added sugar and soya.’
    • ‘There is also a rhesus monkey that answers to the name of Joe, and a glass-enclosed formicarium loaded with ants.’
    • ‘So many folks have asked about my formicarium that my friend, Ray, has started making them for sale.’
    • ‘In the last month, I had occasionally placed different sorts of food in the formicarium.’
    • ‘While many parents choose to purchase ant farms for their children to use in school science projects, it also possible to create your own formicarium for ant observation.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin formica ant.

Pronunciation

formicarium

/ˌfɔːmɪˈkɛːrɪəm/