digger wasp


: a burrowing wasp
especially : any of numerous usually solitary wasps (superfamily Sphecoidea) that dig nest burrows in the soil and provision them with insects or spiders paralyzed by stinging

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of digger wasp was in 1880

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“Digger wasp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digger%20wasp. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

digger wasp


dig·​ger wasp
: a burrowing wasp
especially : one that digs nests in the soil and stocks them with insects or spiders paralyzed by stinging
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