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digger wasp

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noun
  1. any of numerous solitary wasps of the family Sphecidae, which excavate nests in soil, wood, etc., and provision them with prey paralyzed by stinging.
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Origin of digger wasp

First recorded in 1840–50
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Historical Examples

  • It is very wonderful that Mrs. Digger-Wasp knows where to sting a caterpillar in order to paralyze it and yet not kill it.

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody

  • Well, Mrs. Digger-Wasp stings one or more of these little knots, which we call ganglia.

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody


British Dictionary definitions for digger wasp

digger wasp

noun
  1. any solitary wasp of the families Sphecidae and Pamphilidae that digs nest holes in the ground, rotten wood, or a hollow stem and stocks them with live insects for the larvae
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