The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

3 definitions found
 for Robber fly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hornet \Hor"net\, n. [AS. hyrnet; akin to OHG. hornaz, hornuz,
     G. horniss; perh. akin to E. horn, and named from the sound
     it makes as if blowing the horn; but more prob. akin to D.
     horzel, Lith. szirszone, L. crabo.] (Zool.)
     A large, strong wasp. The European species ({Vespa crabro)
     is of a dark brown and yellow color. It is very pugnacious,
     and its sting is very severe. Its nest is constructed of a
     paperlike material, and the layers of comb are hung together
     by columns. The American white-faced hornet ({Vespa
     maculata) is larger and has similar habits.
     [1913 Webster]
     Hornet fly (Zool.), any dipterous insect of the genus
        Asilus, and allied genera, of which there are numerous
        species. They are large and fierce flies which capture
        bees and other insects, often larger than themselves, and
        suck their blood. Called also hawk fly, robber fly.
     To stir up a hornet's nest, to provoke the attack of a
        swarm of spiteful enemies or spirited critics. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Robber \Rob"ber\, n.
     One who robs; in law, one who feloniously takes goods or
     money from the person of another by violence or by putting
     him in fear.
     [1913 Webster]
           Some roving robber calling to his fellows. --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Thief; depredator; despoiler; plunderer; pillager;
          rifler; brigang; freebooter; pirate. See Thief.
          [1913 Webster]
     Robber crab. (Zool.)
     (a) A purse crab.
     (b) Any hermit crab.
     Robber fly. (Zool.) Same as Hornet fly, under Hornet.
     Robber gull (Zool.), a jager gull.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  robber fly
      n 1: swift predatory fly having a strong body like a bee with
           the proboscis hardened for sucking juices of other insects
           captured on the wing [syn: robber fly, bee killer]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229