plural noun

: a suborder or other division of Hymenoptera including insects (as sawflies, horntails, and various parasitic hymenoptera) that have a boring ovipositor compare aculeata
: a suborder of hairy-winged Thysanoptera in which the females have a serrated ovipositor

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, neuter plural of terebrant-, terebrans, present participle of terebrare to bore, from terebra borer, gimlet

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“Terebrantia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Terebrantia. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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