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velvet ant

noun
1.
any of several fuzzy, often brightly colored wasps of the family Mutillidae, the wingless, antlike female of which inflicts a severe sting.
Origin of velvet ant
1740-1750
1740-50, Americanism
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velvet ant

noun
1.
a solitary digger wasp of the family Mutillidae
Word Origin
C19: so named from the wingless female
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