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leafcutter ant Line breaks: leaf|cut¦ter ant
Pronunciation: /ˈliːfkʌtə/

Definition of leafcutter ant in English:


A tropical ant which 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.
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