from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Various kinds of plant lice or aphids tended by ants for the sake of the honeydew which they secrete; plural of ant cow. See aphips.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See ant-cow.
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In some species the workers serve as herdsmen, caring for the ant-cattle or aphids, from which they receive minute drops of a sweet juice for food.