• WordNet 3.6
    • n Megachile type genus of the Megachilidae: leaf-cutting bees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Megachile (Zoöl) A leaf-cutting bee of the genus Megachilus. See Leaf cutter, under Leaf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n megachile A genus of aculeate hymenopterous insects, or bees, of the family Apidæ and group Dasygastræ; the leaf-cutters. It is a large genus, of world-wide distribution, containing many species of varied habits: all furnish their cells with bits of leaves cut from trees and plants, which they stick together and roll into cases to form their larval cells in the trunks of dead trees and old rotting palings. The nest of M. muraria is composed of grains of sand glued together with its viscid saliva, and is so hard as not to be easily penetrated by a knife. About 50 European and as many North American species are known. M. centuncularis is one of the common species of Europe and North America.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Mega-, + Gr. lip


In literature:

I remembered finding, at rare intervals, nests of both the Anthidium and the Megachile in the hollows of cut reeds.
"Bramble-bees and Others" by J. Henri Fabre
A like prosperity awaits her when she usurps the provisions of Megachile sericans.
"More Hunting Wasps" by J. Henri Fabre
The interesting habits of the Leaf-cutting, or Tailor bee (Megachile), have always attracted attention.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard