leaf-cutter

noun
leaf-cut·ter | \ˈlēf-ˌkə-tər \

Definition of leaf-cutter 

: 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

First Known Use of leaf-cutter

1870, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about leaf-cutter

Share leaf-cutter

Statistics for leaf-cutter

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for leaf-cutter

The first known use of leaf-cutter was in 1870

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on leaf-cutter

See words that rhyme with leaf-cutter

Comments on leaf-cutter

What made you want to look up leaf-cutter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!