sauba ant

sa·​u·​ba ant | \ səˈübə- \

Definition of sauba ant

: any of several tropical leaf-cutting ants especially of the genus Atta that live in immense subterranean colonies and cultivate a fungus upon leaves and other vegetable material collected by the workers

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History and Etymology for sauba ant

sauba from Portuguese saúba, saúva, from Tupi saúba, isaúba

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“Sauba ant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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