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

  • n. Any of several burrowing, usually solitary wasps of the family Sphecidae that excavate nests in soil which they provision with prey paralyzed by stinging for their larvae to feed on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several solitary, predatory wasps, of the family Sphecidae, that nest in the soil

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any one of the fossorial Hymenoptera.
  • n. any one of numerous species of solitary wasps that make their nests in burrows which they dig in the ground, as the sand wasps. See Sand wasp, under Sand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of the fossorial hymenopterous insects of the families Scoliidæ, Pompilidæ, and Sphegidæ, most of which dig burrows in the ground, in which they lay their eggs, provisioning each cell with the bodies of other insects, on which their larvæ feed after hatching.

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

  • n. solitary wasp that digs nests in the soil and stocks them with paralyzed insects for the larvae

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