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leaf-cutting ant

[ leef-kuht-ing ]
/ ˈlifˌkʌt ɪŋ /
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noun

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.

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Origin of leaf-cutting ant

First recorded in 1870–75
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