gall wasp

noun

Definition of gall wasp 

: any of a family (Cynipidae) of hymenopterous gallflies

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The gall wasp causes a tumour-like disease on eucalyptus trees — and the parasitic wasp is one of their predators. Fox News, "Wasps bred as biological warfare agents," 25 May 2018 Native to the southeastern United States, this species lays its egg inside the tiny, wooden chambers that another parasitic wasp species, the gall wasp (Bassettia pallida), carves out in sand live oak trees. Andrew Forbes, National Geographic, "New Crypt-Keeper Wasp Is Parasite That Bursts From Host's Head," 25 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of gall wasp

1879, in the meaning defined above

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