leaf-cutter

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

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

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