Gall wasp
Gall Gall (g[add]l), n. [F. galle, noix de galle, fr. L. galla.] (Zo["o]l.) An excrescence of any form produced on any part of a plant by insects or their larvae. They are most commonly caused by small Hymenoptera and Diptera which puncture the bark and lay their eggs in the wounds. The larvae live within the galls. Some galls are due to aphids, mites, etc. See {Gallnut}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The galls, or gallnuts, of commerce are produced by insects of the genus {Cynips}, chiefly on an oak ({Quercus infectoria} syn. {Quercus Lusitanica}) of Western Asia and Southern Europe. They contain much tannin, and are used in the manufacture of that article and for making ink and a black dye, as well as in medicine. [1913 Webster]

{Gall insect} (Zo["o]l.), any insect that produces galls.

{Gall midge} (Zo["o]l.), any small dipterous insect that produces galls.

{Gall oak}, the oak ({Quercus infectoria}) which yields the galls of commerce.

{Gall of glass}, the neutral salt skimmed off from the surface of melted crown glass;- called also {glass gall} and {sandiver}. --Ure.

{Gall wasp}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Gallfly}. [1913 Webster]


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  • gall wasp — gall′ wasp n. ent any wasp of the family Cynipidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • gall wasp — n. any of a family (Cynipidae) of tiny hymenopteran insects whose larvae produce galls in plants, esp. oaks and roses …   English World dictionary

  • gall wasp — any wasp of the family Cynipidae, the larvae of which form characteristic galls on plants. [1875 80] * * * ▪ insect  any of a group of wasps in the family Cynipidae (order Hymenoptera) that are notable for their ability to stimulate the growth of …   Universalium

  • gall wasp — noun small solitary wasp that produces galls on oaks and other plants • Syn: ↑gallfly, ↑cynipid wasp, ↑cynipid gall wasp • Hypernyms: ↑wasp • Member Holonyms: ↑Cynipidae, ↑family Cynipid …   Useful english dictionary

  • gall wasp — noun Date: 1879 any of a family (Cynipidae) of hymenopterous gallflies …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gall wasp — noun Any insect of the family, whose larvae damage trees, particularly oak trees, creating galls on the branches …   Wiktionary

  • gall wasp — noun a small winged insect whose larvae form galls in the food plant. [Superfamily Cynipoidea, order Hymenoptera: several genera.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • gall wasp — /ˈgɔl wɒsp/ (say gawl wosp) noun any of various wasps, as those of the family Cymipidae, whose larvae cause galls on plants …   Australian English dictionary

  • cynipid gall wasp — noun small solitary wasp that produces galls on oaks and other plants • Syn: ↑gall wasp, ↑gallfly, ↑cynipid wasp • Hypernyms: ↑wasp • Member Holonyms: ↑Cynipidae, ↑family Cynipidae …   Useful english dictionary

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