cow killer

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noun

the wingless female of any of several velvet ants, especially Dasymutilla occidentalis, of the southern U.S., which inflicts a painful sting.

Nearby words

  1. cow college,
  2. cow country,
  3. cow flop,
  4. cow gum,
  5. cow horse,
  6. cow lily,
  7. cow parsley,
  8. cow parsnip,
  9. cow pie,
  10. cow pillow

Origin of cow killer

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

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