Definitions

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  • n. The boring ovipositor of a hymenopterous insect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of marine gastropods having a long, tapering spire. They belong to the Toxoglossa. Called also auger shell.
  • n. The boring ovipositor of a hymenopterous insect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A machine employed by the Romans in sieges to begin a breach in a wall, consisting of a long spear-like beam mounted on an axis, and worked in a groove by machinery.
  • n. In entomology, the borer or modified ovipositor of various insects, and especially of the terebrant hymenopters. With this organ the insects puncture the places in which they lay their eggs.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of marine toxoglossate gastropods, having a long slender tapering spire, typical of the family Terebridæ; the auger-shells.

Etymologies

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Latin, a borer.

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