Sauba ant
Sauba ant Sau"ba ant` (Zo["o]l.) A South American ant ({[OE]codoma cephalotes}) remarkable for having two large kinds of workers besides the ordinary ones, and for the immense size of its formicaries. The sauba ant cuts off leaves of plants and carries them into its subterranean nests, and thus often does great damage by defoliating trees and cultivated plants. [1913 Webster]

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  • sauba ant — səˈübə noun Etymology: sauba from Portuguese saúba, saúva, from Tupi saúba, isaúba : any of several tropical leaf cutting ants especially of the genus Atta that live in immense subterranean colonies and cultivate a fungus upon leaves and other… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sauba — /sä ooˈbə or söˈbə/ noun (also sauba ant) a S American leaf carrying ant ORIGIN: Tupí …   Useful english dictionary

  • sauva ant — səˈüvə noun Etymology: sauva from Portuguese saúba, saúva, from Tupi saúba, isaúba : sauba ant …   Useful english dictionary

  • parasol ant — Umbrella Um*brel la, n. [It. umbrella, fr. ombra a shade, L. umbra; cf. L. umbella a sunshade, a parasol. Cf. {Umbel}, {Umbrage}.] 1. A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Umbrella ant — Umbrella Um*brel la, n. [It. umbrella, fr. ombra a shade, L. umbra; cf. L. umbella a sunshade, a parasol. Cf. {Umbel}, {Umbrage}.] 1. A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • umbrella-ant — umbrellˈa ant noun The sauba ant • • • Main Entry: ↑umbrella …   Useful english dictionary

  • OEcodoma cephalotes — Sauba ant Sau ba ant (Zo[ o]l.) A South American ant ({[OE]codoma cephalotes}) remarkable for having two large kinds of workers besides the ordinary ones, and for the immense size of its formicaries. The sauba ant cuts off leaves of plants and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cephalopterus ornatus — Umbrella Um*brel la, n. [It. umbrella, fr. ombra a shade, L. umbra; cf. L. umbella a sunshade, a parasol. Cf. {Umbel}, {Umbrage}.] 1. A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dragoon bird — Umbrella Um*brel la, n. [It. umbrella, fr. ombra a shade, L. umbra; cf. L. umbella a sunshade, a parasol. Cf. {Umbel}, {Umbrage}.] 1. A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dyphylleia cymosa — Umbrella Um*brel la, n. [It. umbrella, fr. ombra a shade, L. umbra; cf. L. umbella a sunshade, a parasol. Cf. {Umbel}, {Umbrage}.] 1. A shade, screen, or guard, carried in the hand for sheltering the person from the rays of the sun, or from rain… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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