Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun [capitalized] A genus of marine toxoglossate gastropods, having a long slender tapering spire, typical of the family Terebridæ; the auger-shells.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The boring ovipositor of a hymenopterous insect.

Etymologies

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Latin, a borer.

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