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

  • leaf-cutting bee — any of the bees of the family Megachilidae that cut circular pieces from leaves or flowers to line their nests. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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

  • 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… …   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 — 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

  • bee — bee1 beelike, adj. /bee/, n. 1. any hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea, including social and solitary species of several families, as the bumblebees, honeybees, etc. 2. the common honeybee, Apis mellifera. 3. a community social… …   Universalium

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

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