horntail

noun horn·tail \ ˈhȯrn-ˌtāl \

Definition of horntail

: any of various hymenopterous insects (family Siricidae) related to the typical sawflies but having females with a stout hornlike ovipositor and larvae that burrow in woody plants

First Known Use of horntail

1884

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Learn More about horntail


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up horntail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to treat with excessive attention

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!