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noun (1)

plural -s
: a sand wasp of the genus Sphex


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noun (2)

: a small genus of coarse perennial grasses growing on sandy shores and dunes and having awnless flowers crowded into a long spikelike panicle see beach grass, marram grass


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taxonomic synonym of sphex:1

Word History


Noun (2)

New Latin, from amm- + -phila

New Latin, from amm- + -phila

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1798, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ammophila was in 1798

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“Ammophila.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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