Sphex

noun
\ ˈsfeks \

Definition of Sphex

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a genus of wasps that is the type of the family Sphecidae
2 sphex plural spheges\ ˈsfē(ˌ)jēz \ also sphexes : any wasp of the genus Sphex

Sphex

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Definition of Sphex (Entry 2 of 2)

taxonomic synonym of chlorion

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History and Etymology for Sphex

Noun

New Latin, from Greek sphēk-, sphēx wasp

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“Sphex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sphex. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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