velvet ant


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

Origin of velvet ant

1
An Americanism dating back to 1740–50

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British Dictionary definitions for velvet ant

velvet ant

noun
  1. a solitary digger wasp of the family Mutillidae

Origin of velvet ant

1
C19: so named from the wingless female

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