rose-cutting bee
leaf cutter leaf cutter, leaf-cutter leaf-cutter . (Zo["o]l.) Any one of various species of wild bees of the genus {Megachile}, which cut rounded pieces from the edges of leaves, or the petals of flowers, to be used in the construction of their nests, which are made in holes and crevices, or in a leaf rolled up for the purpose. Among the common American species are {Megachile brevis} and {Megachile centuncularis}. Called also {rose-cutting bee}.

Syn: leaf-cutting bee, leaf-cutter bee. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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