ichneumon wasp
noun Date: 1713 any of a large superfamily (Ichneumonoidea) of hymenopterous insects whose larvae are usually internal parasites of other insect larvae and especially of caterpillars — called also ichneumon fly

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  • ichneumon wasp — noun An order of parasitic wasps whose larvae feed on other live insect larvae. Syn: ichneumon fly …   Wiktionary

  • Ichneumon — can mean: *The ichneumon wasps *The Egyptian Mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon *A supposed animal described in medieval writings: see Ichneumon (In medieval zoology) …   Wikipedia

  • ichneumon fly — n. any of a large family (Ichneumonidae) of hymenopteran insects whose larvae live as parasites in or on other insect larvae: also ichneumon wasp …   English World dictionary

  • ichneumon — [ɪk nju:mən] noun 1》 (also ichneumon wasp or ichneumon fly) a slender parasitic wasp with long antennae, which deposits its eggs in or on the larvae of other insects. [Family Ichneumonidae: many species.] 2》 the Egyptian mongoose. [Herpestes… …   English new terms dictionary

  • ichneumon — n. 1 (in full ichneumon wasp) any small hymenopterous insect of the family Ichneumonidae, depositing eggs in or on the larva of another insect as food for its own larva. 2 a mongoose of N. Africa, Herpestes ichneumon, noted for destroying… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ichneumon — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, from Greek ichneumōn, literally, tracker, from ichneuein to track, from ichnos footprint Date: 15th century 1. a mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) of Africa, southern Europe, and southwestern Asia 2.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ichneumon — noun /ɪkˈnjuːmən/ a) The Egyptian mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, found in Africa and southern Europe. Adas unique Lorelei Underwing had died, paralyzed by some ichneumon that had not been deceived by those clever prominences and fungoid smudges.… …   Wiktionary

  • wasp — noun Etymology: Middle English waspe, from Old English wæps, wæsp; akin to Old High German wafsa wasp, Latin vespa wasp Date: before 12th century 1. any of numerous social or solitary winged hymenopterous insects (especially families Sphecidae… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ichneumon fly — noun see ichneumon wasp …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ichneumon fly — noun (inaccurately named) ichneumon wasp …   Wiktionary

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