ant-heap, noun

Origin:
English, South African DutchShow more English -heap, instead of the more common -hill, is probably the result of the influence of South African Dutch mierhoop ant-hill (mier ant + hoop heap).
1. An ant-hill constructed by ants or termites to house their colonies. Also figurative.
1835 T.H. Bowker Journal. 27 Mar.Made cartridges mended my gun again tried a shot or two at an Antheap.
1987 [see meerkat].
2. noncount. The fine soil and other material from an ant-hill, pulverized and used to make floors, tennis-courts, and other hard ground surfaces. Also attributive. See also dagha noun, misvloer (see mis sense 3).
1880 [see dagha noun sense a].
1977 F.G. Butler Karoo Morning 67He surfaced it with ant-heap and old unbaked bricks, employing his children as draught animals to drag a six-foot section of railway line back and forth and to and fro, to level it.
An ant-hill constructed by ants or termites to house their colonies. Also figurative.
The fine soil and other material from an ant-hill, pulverized and used to make floors, tennis-courts, and other hard ground surfaces. Also attributive.

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