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sand wasp

any of certain sphecid wasps of the subfamily Bembicinae that nest in the ground and are common along the seashore.
Origin of sand wasp
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The sand-wasp seizes the Caterpillar by the back of the neck with the curved pincers of her jaws.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • There is a remarkably pretty, and very variable, sand-wasp, which is plentiful in most parts of the country.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • This is the terrible enemy against which the sand-wasp comes to our aid.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • These are towers built by the sand-wasp of the pieces of rubbish which she scoops out of her mine.

  • The sand-wasp digs by herself, quietly, without hurrying, without any joyous enthusiasm.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • Of these, the insect called the sand-wasp forms, perhaps, one of the most interesting examples.

  • Some of these grains the sand-wasp does not treat as she does the rest.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • One day I encountered a sand-wasp which had just stung a wireworm and was dragging it over the ground.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
British Dictionary definitions for sand-wasp

sand wasp

a solitary wasp of the subfamily Sphecinae, a subgroup of the digger wasps most of which nest in sandy ground
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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