ant cow


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ant cow

n.
An aphid that yields a honeylike substance on which ants feed.

ant cow

n
(Animals) an insect, esp an aphid, that excretes a sweet honey-like substance that is collected and eaten by ants

ant′ cow`


n.
an aphid that excretes honeydew and is tended by honeydew-gathering ants.
[1870–75]
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Noun1.ant cow - excretes a honeylike substance eaten by antsant cow - excretes a honeylike substance eaten by ants
aphid - any of various small plant-sucking insects
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