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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Bembicinae — several sand wasps that make a buzzing sound.


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Proposed in 1937 by V. S. L. Pate.


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  • Concocted name for a wasp genus. That z-heavy nomenclatorial invention has inspired other names: Zyzzyx Road runs through the Mojave Desert in California. The Cal-Fullerton Desert Studies Center is located on Zyzzyx Road in the Mojave National Preserve. Zyzzyx Road inspired the naming of the motion picture Zyzzyx Road, released in 2006. From a madeupical to a movie. Nice.

    July 2, 2010