plural noun
Pom·​pil·​i·​dae | \ pämˈpiləˌdē \

Definition of Pompilidae

: a large family of slender usually black fossorial short-petioled wasps with oval abdomen and strong spinose legs of which most (as the tarantula killer) burrow in the ground and provision their nests with spiders

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History and Etymology for Pompilidae

New Latin, from Pompilus, type genus + -idae

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“Pompilidae.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pompilidae. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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