One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A manorial official with responsibility for supervising the reapers. historical.
2Entomology. A harvester ant of the genus Messor. Also (in form Messor): the genus itself.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin messor a reaper, harvester from mess-, past participial stem of metere to reap, cognate with mow + -or.
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