from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the sand wasps of Sphex and allied genera.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A notable genus of large handsome digger-wasps, typical of the family Sphegidæ (or Sphecidæ or Sphexidæ).
- n. A wasp of this genus.
From the Ancient Greek σφήξ (sphēx, "wasp"), pl.: σφῆκες. (Wiktionary)