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horntail

[hawrn-teyl]
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noun
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for horntail

horntail

noun
  1. 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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