Definition of horntail in English:

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horntail

Pronunciation: /ˈhôrntāl/

noun

A large wasplike sawfly that deposits its eggs inside trees and timber. It has a long egg-laying tube but no sting. Also called woodwasp.
  • Family Siricidae, suborder Symphyta, order Hymenoptera: several species
Example sentences
  • There, the infant ichneumon secretes a paralyzing agent while it proceeds to eat the living horntail from the inside out.
  • It could have been a horntail, which is actually a sawfly.
  • In the home no control is necessary, as the horntails will not reinfest dried or seasoned wood or lumber.

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Syllabification: horn·tail

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