Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ichthyology, a genus of stromateoid fishes: same as Centrolophus.—.
- n. In conchology, a genus of octopod cephalopods. Schneider, 1784.—
- n. In entomology, the typical genus of Pompilidæ, founded by Fabricius in 1798. These sand-wasps have strongly spinose legs, and the submedian cell of the fore wings as long as the median cell on the externomedian nervure. Over 200 species are known; one of the most notable is P. formosus, the so-called
tarantula-killerof the southwestern parts of the United States.
“The Epeira, therefore, is versed in the geometric secrets of the Ammonite and the _Nautilus pompilus_; she uses, in a simpler form, the logarithmic line dear to the Snail.”
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