velvet ant
noun Date: 1748 any of various solitary usually brightly colored and hairy fossorial wasps (family Mutillidae) with the female wingless

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  • velvet ant — ☆ velvet ant n. any of a family (Mutillidae) of antlike wasps, often with brightly colored hairs: the females are wingless …   English World dictionary

  • velvet ant — any of several fuzzy, often brightly colored wasps of the family Mutillidae, the wingless, antlike female of which inflicts a severe sting. [1740 50, Amer.] * * * ▪ insect  any of a group of wasps (order Hymenoptera) that are named for the… …   Universalium

  • velvet ant — vel′vet ant n. ent any of several fuzzy, often brightly colored wasps of the family Mutillidae, the wingless, antlike female of which inflicts a severe sting • Etymology: 1740–50, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • velvet ant — noun A wasp of the family Mutillidae with dense hair and whose wingless females resemble ants …   Wiktionary

  • velvet ant — noun a velvety bodied hymenopterous insect whose larvae parasitize bees and wasps. [Family Mutillidae: numerous species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • velvet ant — noun a solitary wasp of the family Mutillidae; the body has a coat of brightly colored velvety hair and the females are wingless • Hypernyms: ↑wasp • Member Holonyms: ↑Mutillidae, ↑family Mutillidae …   Useful english dictionary

  • Velvet ant sting — Common in most parts of the world including the Southern and Southwestern United States, velvet ants are not true ants but rather parasitic wasps. Their sting—like that of other wasps, fire ants, bees, yellow jackets, and hornets can trigger …   Medical dictionary

  • ant — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. emmet, pismire, insect. Types of ants include: worker, neuter, replete, queen, male. Antlike insects include: termite, white ant, army ant, legionary ant, fire ant, Texas red ant, black ant, visiting ant, agricultural ant,… …   English dictionary for students

  • Ant — For other uses, see Ant (disambiguation). Ants Temporal range: 130–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • Ant, velvet — Common in most parts of the world including the Southern and Southwestern U.S., velvet ants are not true ants but rather parasitic wasps. Their sting can trigger allergic reactions. Avoidance, prompt treatment and, in selected cases, allergy… …   Medical dictionary

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