formic (adj.) 1791 (in formic acid), coined from L. formica "ant" (see FORMICA (Cf. Formica) (2)). The acid apparently first was noticed by Samuel Fisher and John Wray in 1670; it was first 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 bee stings and stinging nettles.

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  • formic — /fawr mik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to ants. 2. Chem. of or derived from formic acid. [1785 95; irreg. < L formica ant. Cf. F formique] * * * …   Universalium

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