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  • n. Any insect that cuts pieces from leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leaf-cutting bee, as any species of the genus Megachile: so called from their cutting or biting out morsels of leaves to line their nests with. Also called upholsterer.
  • n. A knife used to cut the leaves of a book: same as paper-cutter.
  • n. A leaf-cutting ant; one of the tropical or subtropical ants which defoliate trees, as Atta fervens.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bee that cuts rounded pieces from leaves and flowers to line its nest


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  • Entire ships had been spirited out of the water and broken up, while gangs were busy stripping apart any intact military vehicle they could find, like hordes of busy leaf-cutter ants.

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  • Measuring an inch or so long, the leaf-cutter queen lies at the heart of her sprawling subterranean empire.


  • The achievements of colonies of leaf-cutter ants have been hailed as “one of the major breakthroughs in animal evolution” by Edward Wilson at Harvard University.


  • One caste cuts foliage and leaves—their mandibular muscles make up one-quarter of their entire body mass—and some tropical ecologists estimate that the leaf-cutter colonies may harvest up to 17 percent of the total leaf production of a tropical rainforest where they thrive, in Mexico and Central and South America.


  • Queen leaf-cutter, who rules over the greatest super-organism, still has much to teach us.


  • In all, a single leaf-cutter nest may harbor a thousand such chambers.


  • Wilson likes to point out that both our civilization and that of the leaf-cutter owe their existence to agriculture.


  • Yeohlee Teng 's collection, inspired, the designer said, by leaf-cutter ants, introduced a silhouette that she referred to as crescent.

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  • The jaws of leaf-cutter ants and locusts, for example, both contain high levels of zinc, making them particularly stiff and hard.

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  • There are squash bees, blueberry bees, the hornfaced bee that pollinates apple trees, and alfalfa leaf-cutter bees.

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