That cuts leaves; used in the names of various insects (see Derived terms below).

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  • leaf cutting — noun Etymology: leaf (I) + cutting, n. : a cutting consisting of a leaf instead of a shoot commonly used in propagating a plant (as begonia, gloxinia, African violet) see sectional leaf cutting …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf-cutting — leafˈ cuttˈing noun A leaf used as a cutting for propagation • • • Main Entry: ↑leaf …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 ant — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: leaf cutting from leaf (I) + cutting, present participle of cut : any of several chiefly tropical American ants of the genus Atta that cut and carry off the leaves of plants which they use in culturing various fungi …   Useful english dictionary

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

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

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

  • leaf-cutting ant — /leef kut ing/ any of several tropical American ants of the genus Atta that cut and chew bits of leaves and flowers into a mash that they use to cultivate a fungus garden. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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

  • texas leaf-cutting ant — noun Usage: usually capitalized T : a leaf cutting ant (Atta texana) that is sometimes a destructive defoliator in Texas and Louisiana …   Useful english dictionary

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