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wasp US English

A social winged insect that has a narrow waist and a sting. It constructs a paper nest from wood pulp and raises the larvae on a diet of insects

Wasp US English

An upper- or middle-class American white Protestant, considered to be a member of the most powerful group in society

Wasp New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

white Anglo-Saxon Protestant

WASP in Wasp US English

An upper- or middle-class American white Protestant, considered to be a member of the most powerful group in society

fig wasp US English

A tiny Old World wasp that lays its eggs inside the flower of the wild fig. It was introduced into the New World to effect cross-fertilization of the cultivated fig

gall wasp US English

A small winged insect of antlike appearance. The female lays its egg in plant tissue, which swells to form a gall when the larva hatches

sand wasp US English

A digger wasp that excavates its burrow in sandy soil and then catches prey with which to furnish it. Sand wasps typically have an abdomen with a very long and slender “waist.”

sea wasp US English

A box jellyfish that can inflict a dangerous sting

cuckoo wasp US English

A wasp that lays its eggs in the nest of a bee or another species of wasp, in particular

digger wasp US English

A solitary wasp that typically excavates a burrow in sandy soil, filling it with one or more paralyzed insects or spiders for its larvae to feed on

mason wasp US English

A solitary wasp that nests in a cavity or in a hole in the ground, sealing the nest with mud or similar material

paper wasp US English

A social wasp that forms a small, umbrella-shaped nest made from wood pulp

potter wasp US English

A solitary wasp that builds a flask-shaped nest of mud into which it seals an egg and a supply of food for the larva

wasp beetle US English

A black and yellow longhorn beetle that mimics the appearance and behaviour of a wasp

wasp waist US English

A very narrow or tightly corseted waist

spider-hunting wasp US English

A fast-moving digger wasp that provisions its nest burrow with spiders that it has caught and paralysed

chalcid US English

A minute parasitic wasp of a large group whose members lay eggs inside the eggs of other insects. They typically have bright metallic coloration

chalcid wasp in chalcid US English

A minute parasitic wasp of a large group whose members lay eggs inside the eggs of other insects. They typically have bright metallic coloration

ruby-tail US English

A small metallic cuckoo wasp that is typically greenish-blue with an orange-red tip to the abdomen. Its larvae feed on the eggs and larvae of its host

ruby-tail wasp in ruby-tail US English

A small metallic cuckoo wasp that is typically greenish-blue with an orange-red tip to the abdomen. Its larvae feed on the eggs and larvae of its host

ichneumon US English

A slender parasitic wasp with long antennae that deposits its eggs in, on, or near the larvae of other insects

ichneumon wasp in ichneumon US English

A slender parasitic wasp with long antennae that deposits its eggs in, on, or near the larvae of other insects