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

  • n. A large assassin bug (Arilus cristatus) of North America that has a notched, wheellike projection on the back of the thorax and preys on other insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a large North American hemipterous insect (Prionidus cristatus) which sucks the blood of other insects. So named from the curious shape of the prothorax.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large predatory North American bug that sucks the blood of other insects


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