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cuckoo wasp Syllabification: cuck·oo wasp

Definition of cuckoo wasp in English:

noun

A wasp that lays its eggs in the nest of a bee or another species of wasp, in particular.
Example sentences
  • We investigate the interaction with a specialised cuckoo wasp whose larvae kill the beewolf larvae.
  • Should the bee return whilst the cuckoo-wasp is still present, the cuckoo wasp curls up into a tight ball.
  • The cuckoo wasp eggs develop into males and fertile females only - no cuckoo wasp workers are produced.

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