ant cow


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. answering pennant,
  2. answering service,
  3. ant,
  4. ant bear,
  5. ant bird,
  6. ant egg,
  7. ant hill,
  8. ant lion,
  9. ant-,
  10. ant-pipit

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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