from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of the hymenopterous family Sphecidæ.
  • Having the characters of or belonging to the family Sphecidæ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of or pertaining to the Sphecidae family of wasps
  • adjective of or pertaining to those wasps formerly classified in the Sphecidae before the discovery that bees belong to that group (now known as the order Apoidea); the members of the current Apoidea that aren't bees, including other families such as the Crabronidae.
  • noun A wasp in the Sphecidae family.


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