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leaf-cutting ant

[leef-kuht-ing] /ˈlifˌkʌt ɪŋ/
any of several tropical American ants of the genus Atta that cut and chew bits of leaves and flowers into a mash that they use to cultivate a fungus garden.
Origin of leaf-cutting ant
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Perhaps the most interesting form of animal life to be found on the Isthmus is the leaf-cutting ant.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • A new myrmecophile from the mushroom gardens of the Texas leaf-cutting ant.

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