velvet ant


noun

any of several fuzzy, often brightly colored wasps of the family Mutillidae, the wingless, antlike female of which inflicts a severe sting.

Nearby words

  1. veltheimia,
  2. velum,
  3. velure,
  4. velutinous,
  5. velvet,
  6. velvet bean,
  7. velvet carpet,
  8. velvet glove,
  9. velvet plant,
  10. velvet revolution

Origin of velvet ant

An Americanism dating back to 1740–50

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British Dictionary definitions for velvet ant

velvet ant

noun

a solitary digger wasp of the family Mutillidae

Word Origin for velvet ant

C19: so named from the wingless female

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