an alien being that resembles an ant in humanoid form
Also as the proper name of several superheroes in the Marvel universe, first appearing in 1962.
These ant-like beings, these ant-men.
First Men in Moon xxii. 272
Then the ant-man clattered rapidly off down the corridor, taking the precious cartridge with him.
Radio Planet in Famous Fantastic Mysteries Apr. 16/1
To be slain on sight by mammal-hating antmen, for instance, would have merely been unavoidable bad luck.
Practice Effect iii. iii. 47
The nearest Ant-Man took a single, angular step towards me. He was perhaps five feet all. His legs were so thin they were more like bare bones, I thought, than fleshy limbs. His body seemed segmented…. His head was a sort of pear-shape.
Ant-Men of Tibet in Interzone May 11
‘Now, this was no ordinary island, friends! For on it was the holy shrine of the great Egyptian god Osiris, once guarded by the fierce race of ant-men, the Myrmidions!’ ‘Don’t you mean the Myrmidons?’ called the schoolmaster. ‘They were—’ ‘No, that was somebody else!’ said Golescu. ‘These people I am talking about were terrors, understand? Giant, six-limbed men with fearsome jaws and superhuman strength, whom Osiris placed there to guard the secrets of his temple! [...]’
Mother Aegypt in Year’s Best Science Fiction 22 (2005) 271
Research HistoryBen Ostrowsky submitted a 2004 cite from Kage Baker.
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