leaf cutter
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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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leaf cutter — noun 1. : leaf cutting ant 2. or leaf cutter bee : leaf cutting bee …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf-cutter — noun bee that cuts rounded pieces from leaves and flowers to line its nest • Syn: ↑leaf cutting bee, ↑leaf cutter bee • Hypernyms: ↑bee • Member Holonyms: ↑Megachile, ↑genus Megachile …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf-cutter — noun Date: 1870 any of various chiefly tropical American ants (genus Atta) that cut and carry off the leaves of plants which they use in culturing fungi for food called also leaf cutting ant …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • leaf-cutter — noun Any insect that cuts pieces from leaves …   Wiktionary

  • leaf-cutter ant — leaf cutter ant, any one of various, largely tropical, American ants that subsist entirely on small mushrooms which they raise underground on a mulch of cut leaves; umbrella ant; parasol ant …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf-cutter bee — noun bee that cuts rounded pieces from leaves and flowers to line its nest • Syn: ↑leaf cutting bee, ↑leaf cutter • Hypernyms: ↑bee • Member Holonyms: ↑Megachile, ↑genus Megachile * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf-cutter bee — ▪ insect also called  leaf cutting bee,    any of a group of bees (order Hymenoptera), particularly genus Megachile, that differ from most other bees in that they collect pollen on their abdomens rather than on their hind legs. The solitary… …   Universalium

  • leaf-cutter bee — noun A bee of the family Megachilidae that cuts fragments from leaves and uses them to build its nest. Syn: jelly jelly bee, leaf cutting bee, mason bee …   Wiktionary

  • leaf-cutter ant — noun Any of the 41 species of ants in the genera Atta and Acromyrmex, that cut fragments from leaves and takes them to its colonys nest. Syn: leaf cutting ant …   Wiktionary

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