leaf-cut·​ter ˈlēf-ˌkə-tər How to pronounce leaf-cutter (audio)
: 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

Examples of leaf-cutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The building, which is slated to open later this year, will house the Solomon Family Insectarium, where live cockroaches, beetles, and leaf-cutter ants will be on display. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leaf-cutter was in 1870

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“Leaf-cutter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaf-cutter. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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