Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A notable genus of large handsome digger-wasps, typical of the family Sphegidæ (or Sphecidæ or Sphexidæ). They abound in tropical regions, but some 12 species inhabit the United States. S. ichneumonea digs rapidly in hard ground, and provisions its cells with grasshoppers. About 100 species are known. See cut under
- n. A wasp of this genus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of sand wasps of the genus Sphex and allied genera. These wasps have the abdomen attached to the thorax by a slender pedicel. See
Illust.of Sand wasp, under sand.
- From the Ancient Greek σφήξ (sphēx, "wasp"), pl.: σφῆκες. (Wiktionary)
“The canonical example of this sort of inflexible intelligence is the sphex wasp, a favorite of philosophers of mind.”
“I think one way for you to think about what ID needs to do is to think of a way to decide if something has flexible (human-like) or non-flexible (sphex-wasp-like) intelligence.”
“Since this is not possible in the context of ID, ID can never say if the "intelligence" responsible was the kind a sphex wasp has, or the kind a human has.”
“I even had dreams of sphex and kodiac bears fights to death.”
“In a certain way, the Riddley Scott's alien always remain me the sphex structure and killing ways.”
“Lieutenant Hutton has described a sphex with similar habits in India, in the Journal of the Asiatic Society, vol. i, p. 555. 19.”
“The music seemed to fascinate him, to paralyse his will, even as the sphex paralyses its victim with its sting.”
“The habits of the sphex surprise while bull fights disgust us.”
“Lieut. Hutton has described a sphex with similar habits in India, in the Journal of the Asiatic Society, vol.i. p. 555.”
“Cricket victim of paralyzing instinct of sphex, 172”
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