A thermosetting plastic-type composed of melamine resin having good temperature and chemical opposition and widely used since the area layer in laminated sheets utilized as treatments for countertops wall space or furnishings
- any of various synthetic laminates containing melamine
- type genus of Formicidae
- A Linnaean genus of hymenopterous bugs, including the typical ants. See Ant.
proprietary title (1922) of a product manufactured originally by Formica Insulation Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. (founded 1913). In line with the company, the material (originally advertised as a commercial insulator) was so named as it could be used for mica, i.e., rather than mica, an even more high priced normal insulator. Primarily utilized in customer products since c.1945.
- ant genus, 1843, from Latin formica "an ant," dissimilated from PIE *morwi- "ant" (cognates: Sanskrit vamrah "ant," Greek myrmex, Old Church Slavonic mraviji, Old Irish moirb, Old Norse maurr, Welsh myrion; and compare 2nd take into account pismire).
Sanguinea can live either with or without slaves, but another European ant (Polyergus rufescens) is so dependent on its slaves - various species of Formica - that its workers are themselves unable to feed the larvae.