One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A growth of fungus cultivated by certain ants or termites as a source of food.
- ‘New World tropical leafcutter ants create colossal underground metropolises, each housing several million workers that tend huge fungus gardens.’
- ‘Intricate reticulated patterns appear in the passageways of the fungus gardens of African termite colonies, and in the crisscrossing trails of foraging army ants.’
- ‘These spheres, packed with fungal spores, are the most prominent feature of the fungus gardens.’
- ‘Large leafcutter or fungus ants cut and carry leaves from an assortment of plants to nests where they keep fungus gardens, which eventually become their food.’
- ‘Termites tend fungus gardens, leaf cutter ants make underground compost heaps and many species of other ants tend and protect aphids for their honeydew.’
- ‘There are about 200 leaf cutting ant species and they all depend upon fungus gardens for their food.’
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