from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various solitary bees of the family Apidae that bore tunnels into wood to lay their eggs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a large hymenopterous insect of the genus Xylocopa; -- so called because it constructs its nest by gnawing long galleries in sound timber. The common American species is Xylocopa Virginica.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of the different species of hymenopterous insects of the genus Xylocopa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large solitary bee that lays eggs in tunnels bored into wood or plant stems


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