from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That cuts leaves; used in the names of various insects (see Derived terms below).


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Among the leaf-cutting ants, these flies have transformed their entire social structure.

    Parasite Rex

  • While this is going on, it shows oil palm and a lot of wildlife and plants - most of which are not found in Malaysia an iguana, hummingbirds, salvinia water plant - I'm not even sure that the particular leaf-cutting ant pictured is one found in Malaysia, although I could be wrong about that.

    Pull the other leg: Malaysian Palm Oil Council

  • For the next few weeks they explored hundreds of acres of Amazon rain forest, taking note of things they had never before seen, such as plants that snapped shut upon being touched and leaf-cutting ants that marched in masses of thousands with slivers of leaves on their backs, like a green field in motion.

    Savage Peace

  • Yet this is what we find with a leaf-cutting ant species in South America whose colonies may contain up to eight million ants, a number which surprisingly represents the collective biomass of an adult cow.

    The Source

  • The ants live on protein nodules secreted by the plant, and in exchange they protect the tree from its major predator, the Atta leaf-cutting ants.

    One River

  • "It is presumed that the effect of jackbean on leaf-cutting ant colonies is due to the action of fungicides such as demethylhomopterocarpin contained in jackbean leaves on the ants 'fungus gardens."

    8: Plant protection and pest control

  • The following comes from "The use of jackbean as a biological control for leaf-cutting ants" in Biotropica, vol 11 (4) 1979 pp 313-14.

    8: Plant protection and pest control

  • Serious insect pests are Dendroctonus (in Central American natural populations); Ips beetles; the pine aphid; leaf-cutting ants; termites; the Australian case moth, Hyalarcta; and the Nantucket tip moth, Rhyacionia.

    Chapter 5

  • I have no doubt that the primary object of these honey-glands was to attract the ants, and keep them about the most tender and vulnerable parts of the plant, to prevent them being injured; and I further believe that one of the principal enemies that they serve to guard against in tropical America is the leaf-cutting ant, as I have noticed that the latter are very much afraid of the small black ants.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7

  • These ants form a most efficient standing army for the plant, which prevents not only the mammalia from browsing on the leaves, but delivers it from the attacks of a much more dangerous enemy -- the leaf-cutting ants.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.