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

  • n. One that makes girdles.
  • n. Any of several insects that chew circular bands around twigs or stems in preparing a nesting site.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who made girdles
  • n. Any of several insects that remove rings of bark for nest material

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who girdles.
  • n. A maker of girdles.
  • n. An American longicorn beetle (Oncideres cingulatus) which lays its eggs in the twigs of the hickory, and then girdles each branch by gnawing a groove around it, thus killing it to provide suitable food for the larvæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who girdles.
  • n. A maker of girdles or of small articles in metal-work to be attached to the girdle.
  • n. In entomology, one of several cerambycid beetles which girdle twigs of various trees after oviposition to furnish decaying wood for their larvæ to feed upon: as, the twig-girdler, Oncideres cingulatus. See cut under twig-girdler.


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