ant cow


noun

an aphid that excretes honeydew and is tended by honeydew-gathering ants.

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Origin of ant cow

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for ant cow

ant cow

noun

an insect, esp an aphid, that excretes a sweet honey-like substance that is collected and eaten by ants
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