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cow killer

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

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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  • Hearing the cries of the sacred animals he rushed to their assistance, but the cow-killer was aided by his friends.

    The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV

    R.V. Russell