[ hawrn-teyl ]

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

Origin of horntail

First recorded in 1880–85; horn + tail1

Words Nearby horntail

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How to use horntail in a sentence

  • 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


/ (ˈhɔːnˌteɪl) /

  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 trees: Also called: wood wasp

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