Meaning of food body in English:

food body


  • A small nutrient-rich structure developed on the leaves, flowers, or petioles of some tropical plants to attract ants.

    ‘Obligate ant plants in the genus Macaranga produce energy- and nutrient-rich food bodies to nourish mutualistic ants which live inside the plants.’
    • ‘Food body production at the plant's natural growing site is limited by soil nutrient content.’