Definition of leafcutter ant in English:

Share this entry

leafcutter ant

Pronunciation: /ˈlēfˌkədər ˌant/

noun

A tropical ant that cuts pieces from leaves and carries them back to the nest for use as a culture medium for growing food fungi.
  • Genus Atta, family Formicidae.
Example sentences
  • They ate emperor moth caterpillars, toasted giant leafcutter ants, black Himalayan ants from China, mealworms, chocolate-covered ants, fish eyes, whitebait, tripe, eels, and snails.
  • ‘Take for instance the society of the leafcutter ants and their communal leaf fungus.’
  • New World tropical leafcutter ants create colossal underground metropolises, each housing several million workers that tend huge fungus gardens.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: leaf·cut·ter ant

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.