Cheap board made of wood pulp and glue, covered with plastic. Easy to clean. The name is inexplicable.

The Latin word for ant.

The name "Formica" probably arose from its introduction as a
substitute "for mica" in construction, according to the
book _Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things_ by
Charles Panati.

For*mi"ca (?), n. [L., an ant.] Zool.

A Linnaean genus of hymenopterous insects, including the common ants. See Ant.


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