Definition of ant plant in English:

ant plant


  • Any of various plants adapted by means of specialized structures to give shelter to ants and in some cases to provide them with food; a myrmecophyte.

    The ants are advantageous to such plants in aiding pollination and seed dispersal, providing nutrients, and defending them from herbivorous animals.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society.