leaf-cutter ant

leaf-cutter ant
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.

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  • 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-cutting ant — noun A leaf cutter ant …   Wiktionary

  • leaf-cutting ant — noun see leaf cutter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • leaf cutter — noun 1. : leaf cutting ant 2. or leaf cutter bee : leaf cutting bee …   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|cut|ter — «LEEF KUHT uhr», noun. 1. = leaf cutter ant. (Cf. ↑leaf cutter ant) 2. = leaf cutter bee. (Cf. ↑leaf cutter bee) …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf-cut|ting ant — «LEEF KUHT ihng», = leaf cutter ant. (Cf. ↑leaf cutter ant) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ant — For other uses, see Ant (disambiguation). Ants Temporal range: 130–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • ant — n. 1) army; carpenter; harvester; honey; leaf cutter ants 2) a colony of ants * * * [ænt] carpenter harvester honey leaf cutter ants a colony of ants army …   Combinatory dictionary

  • umbrella ant — noun Etymology: so called from the fact that it sometimes carries bits of leaves on its back : leaf cutting ant * * * umbrella ant, = leaf cutter ant. (Cf. ↑leaf cutter ant) …   Useful english dictionary

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