Definition of plant-cutter in English:

plant-cutter

noun

  • 1A passerine bird of the South American genus Phytotoma or family Phytotomidae, which habitually bites off the shoots of plants.

  • 2US History (in plural) rioters in Virginia who systematically cut down tobacco plants.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Latham (1740–1837), naturalist.