Definition of tarantula hawk in English:

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tarantula hawk

Entry from US English dictionary


A large spider-hunting wasp of the southwestern US.
  • Genus Pepsis, family Pompilidae.
Example sentences
  • All tarantula hawks are large, with metallic blue coloration, and have distinctive curly antennae.
  • We did see several tarantula hawks buzzing past our heads and running around on the ground.
  • The tarantula hawks sting their prey and use the dead tarantula's body to lay an egg in.

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Syllabification: ta·ran·tu·la hawk

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