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horntail

[ hawrn-teyl ]
/ ˈhɔrnˌteɪl /
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noun

any of various wasplike insects of the family Siricidae, the females of which have a hornlike ovipositor.

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Origin of horntail

First recorded in 1880–85; horn + tail1
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  • The larva soon finds its victim, the grub of the Pigeon Horntail, and lives on it to its destruction.

    Wood and Forest|William Noyes

British Dictionary definitions for horntail

horntail
/ (ˈhɔːnˌteɪl) /

noun

any of various large wasplike insects of the hymenopterous family Siricidae, the females of which have a strong stout ovipositor and lay their eggs in the wood of felled treesAlso called: wood wasp
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