cicada killer

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cicada killer

n.
Any of several large solitary wasps of the genus Sphecius that prey on cicadas.
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Noun1.cicada killer - large black or rust-colored wasp that preys on cicadascicada killer - large black or rust-colored wasp that preys on cicadas
digger wasp - solitary wasp that digs nests in the soil and stocks them with paralyzed insects for the larvae
genus Sphecius, Sphecius - large solitary wasps: cicada killer
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