any of several fuzzy, often brightly colored wasps of the family Mutillidae, the wingless, antlike female of which inflicts a severe sting.
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Origin of velvet ant
An Americanism dating back to 1740–50
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a solitary digger wasp of the family Mutillidae
Word Origin for velvet ant
C19: so named from the wingless female
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