horntail
noun Date: 1884 any of various hymenopterous insects (family Siricidae) related to the typical sawflies but having females with a stout hornlike ovipositor and larvae that burrow in woody plants

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  • Horntail — Horn tail , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of family ({Urocerid[ae]}) of large hymenopterous insects, allied to the sawflies. The larv[ae] bore in the wood of trees. So called from the long, stout ovipositors of the females. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horntail — [hôrn′tāl΄] n. any of a family (Siricidae) of hymenopteran insects, whose adult female has a horny, taillike extension for depositing eggs in tree trunks, in which the larvae burrow …   English World dictionary

  • Horntail — Taxobox name = Horntails image width = 250px image caption = Giant horntail ( Urocerus gigas ) regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera subordo = Symphyta superfamilia = Siricoidea familia = Siricidae subdivision …   Wikipedia

  • horntail — /hawrn tayl /, n. any of various wasplike insects of the family Siricidae, the females of which have a hornlike ovipositor. [1880 85; HORN + TAIL1] * * * ▪ wasp  any of about 85 species of solitary (nonsocial), primitive wasps (order Hymenoptera) …   Universalium

  • horntail — horn•tail [[t]ˈhɔrnˌteɪl[/t]] n. ent any of various wasplike insects of the family Siricidae, the females of which have a hornlike ovipositor • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • horntail — /ˈhɔnteɪl/ (say hawntayl) noun any of various wasp like insects of the family Siricidae, the females of which have a horn like spine at the end of the abdomen …   Australian English dictionary

  • horntail — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : any of various insects constituting a family (Siricidae) of Hymenoptera related to the typical sawflies but having larvae that burrow in woody plants and on the females a stout hornlike ovipositor for depositing the egg within… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pigeon horntail — noun or pigeon tremex : a large American horntail (Tremex columba) having a burrowing larva that is preyed upon by a large ichneumon fly (Thallesa lunator) …   Useful english dictionary

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