ANTS

We have had conversations about the word for ANT.


The SF Spelling is fourmi. Most of us have heard the word as fromi.


As I was looking on the LSU page with a bunch of CF words, I ran across the following two entries.



fromi (n.f.) ant. Variant spelling: fromille. Variant: fourmi. [SF fourmi] avoir des fromis to have numbness or "pins and needles" in an extremity.


fromille (n.f.) ant. Variant spelling: fromi. Variant: fourmi. [SF fourmi] avoir des fromilles to have numbness or "pins and needles" in an extremity

(source http://uiswcmsweb.prod.lsu.edu/hss/french/Undergraduate%20Program/Cajun%20French/item49567.html )




This of course led me to grab the DLF and investigate it further. Mais là! - The Dictionary listed both words and then some for the word "ANT"


A few variations are listed here:


fourmillière (n.f.) - CF says this is a swarm of ants or other insects. - There is not exact match of this spelling in SF.fourmilière SF: says this is the ant hill (Note that this only has 1 L in it where the CF word has 2 L's)


fourmi (frémi, fromi, froumil, froumille)  


The Gender

fourmi (n.m) //DLF

fourmis (n.f) //DLF


fromi used for a different insect:

CF: fromi blanc - Termite

SF: fourmi blanc - literally translates into "White Ant"



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