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

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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 — 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 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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