\fɔːmˈa͡ɪkə], \fɔːmˈaɪkə], \f_ɔː_m_ˈaɪ_k_ə]\
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The ant or pismire. (F.) Fourmi. It contains an acid juice and gross oil, which were formerly extolled as aphrodisiacs. The chrysalides of the animal are said to be diuretic and carminative; and have been used in dropsy. 2. Also the name of a black wart, verruca formicaria, with a broad base and cleft surface; so called because the pain attending it resembles the biting of an ant, myrmecia. - Forestus. 3. A varicose tumour on the anus and glans penis. 4. Miliary herpes.
By Robley Dunglison