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leaf-cutting bee

any of the bees of the family Megachilidae that cut circular pieces from leaves or flowers to line their nests.
Origin of leaf-cutting bee
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Well, the leaf-cutting bee is even less well off than ourselves.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • Sometimes the leaf-cutting bee has time to alight and stick her head into the mouth of the pit.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • A clever burglar, the parasite of the leaf-cutting bee, receives a sound whipping under my eyes.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre

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