Bacteria vs Ant - What's the difference?

bacteria | ant |

As an adjective bacteria

is bacterial.

As a verb ant is




Etymology 1

From .


  • English plurals
  • (US) A type, species, or strain of bacterium
  • * {{quote-book, 2002, A.C. Panchdhari, Water Supply and Sanitary Installations citation
  • , passage=Anaerobic bacteria' function in the absence of oxygen, where as aerobic '''bacteria''' require sunlight and also oxygen. Both these ' bacterias are capable of breaking down the organic matter
  • (US, proscribed)
  • (pejorative, slang) A derisive term for a lowlife or a slob (could be treated as plural or singular).
  • Usage notes
    * This is the plural form of the word. While it is often used as if it were singular (as a collective noun), this is considered nonstandard by some in the US and more elsewhere. See the usage examples under (bacterium).
    Derived terms
    * Bacteria * Eubacteria * Archaebacteria / Archebacteria * eubacteria * archaebacteria / archebacteria
    See also
    * culture (collective noun)

    Etymology 2

    From .


  • (dated, medicine) An oval bacterium, as distinguished from a spherical coccus or rod-shaped bacillus
  • Anagrams

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    (wikipedia ant)

    Alternative forms

    * ante, ampte


    (en noun)
  • Any of various insects in the family Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, typically living in large colonies composed almost entirely of flightless females.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-26, author= Nick Miroff
  • , volume=189, issue=7, page=32, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Mexico gets a taste for eating insects […] , passage=The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters […]. But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna. That would be the frozen chicatanas – giant winged ants – at around $500 a kilo.}}
  • (label) A Web spider.
  • Synonyms

    * (insect) emmet (archaic), pismire (archaic)


    * (insect in Formicidae) army ant, black garden ant, bull ant, carpenter ant, fire ant, garden ant, honey-pot ant, leafcutter ant, pharaoh ant, piss ant, red ant, sauba ant, thief ant, wood ant

    Derived terms

    * antbear * ant beetle * antbird * ant cap * anteater * anthill * anting * antlike * antlion * antly * the ant's pants * ants in one's pants * antshrike * velvet ant * white ant

    See also

    * ant- (prefix ) * -ant (suffix ) * * army * bike * colony * nest *


    (en verb)
  • (ornithology) To rub insects, especially , on one's body, perhaps to control parasites or clean feathers.
  • * {{quote-journal, date = 1974
  • , coauthors = Potter, Eloise and Hauser, Doris , title = Relationship of anting and sunbathing to molting in wild birds , journal = The Auk , volume = 91 , url = , page = 538 , passage = Wild birds tend to ant and sunbathe most frequently during periods of high humidity, particularly right after heavy or prolonged rainfall in summer. }}


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