Origin of ichneumon
Examples from the Web for ichneumon
The ichneumon pierces the body of a caterpillar and lays her eggs where the grubs will find abundant animal food.
He then points out the difficulty of determining what are species in certain large genera, such as Papilio, Ichneumon, etc.Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution|Alpheus Spring Packard
The eggs of the Ichneumon fly hatch first and feed upon the eggs of the spider.Spiders|Cecil Warburton
They also unearthed some fine specimens of the ichneumon, almost as large as themselves, and speedily put them to death.Tent Work in Palestine|Claude Reignier Conder
According to Pliny, the ichneumon was an object of veneration among the Egyptians.A World of Wonders|Various
British Dictionary definitions for ichneumon
Word Origin for ichneumon
Word Origin and History for ichneumon
1570s, originally a weasel-like animal in Egypt, Latinized from Greek ikhneumon, literally "searcher, tracker," perhaps because it hunts crocodile eggs, from ikhneuein "hunt for, track," from ikhnos "a track, footstep, trace, clue," of unknown origin. Used by Aristotle for a species of wasp that hunts spiders (a sense in English from 1650s).