horntail

noun
horn·​tail | \ ˈhȯrn-ˌtāl How to pronounce horntail (audio) \

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

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“Horntail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horntail. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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