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sand wasp

noun
  1. any of certain sphecid wasps of the subfamily Bembicinae that nest in the ground and are common along the seashore.
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Origin of sand wasp

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples of sand wasp

  • This is the terrible enemy against which the Sand-Wasp comes to our aid.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre

  • Some of these grains the Sand-Wasp does not treat as she does the rest.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre

  • There is a remarkably pretty, and very variable, sand-wasp, which is plentiful in most parts of the country.

  • The Sand-Wasp digs by herself, quietly, without hurrying, without any joyous enthusiasm.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre

  • These are towers built by the sand-wasp of the pieces of rubbish which she scoops out of her mine.


British Dictionary definitions for sand wasp

sand wasp

noun
  1. a solitary wasp of the subfamily Sphecinae, a subgroup of the digger wasps most of which nest in sandy ground
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