from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A group of hymenopterous insects including the sand wasps. They excavate cells in earth, where they deposit their eggs, with the bodies of other insects for the food of the young when hatched.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entom.: In Latreille's system of classification, the second family of aculeate hymenopterous insects. It was divided into Scolietes, Sapygites, Sphegites, Bembecides, Larrates, Nyssoniens, and Crabrionites, and was nearly equivalent to the modern Fossores, not including the family Mutillidæ.
  • n. The digger-wasps; the Fossoria. It is a group of burrowing hymenopterous insects having the posterior abdominal segments not retractile and the basal joint of the hind tarsi not dilated. The females are armed with a sting, and the neuters, when there are any, are winged. The group includes such families as the Vespidæ, Sphegidæ, Pompilidæ, etc., together with the Mutillidæ,.
  • n. A Latreillean group of fossorial caraboid beetles, the Bipartiti or Scaritides.
  • n. In mammalogy, a group of burrowing or fossorial quadrupeds.


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