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sand flea Tweet Definition of sand flea Like Definition of sand flea on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various small crustaceans of the order Amphipoda, that are found on beaches and jump like a flea.
  2. A small tropical flea, Tunga penetrans; a chigoe.
satyr Tweet Definition of satyr Like Definition of satyr on Facebook
noun
  1. (greekmyth): A woodland creature with pointed ears, legs, and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry
  2. A lecherous man
  3. Any of various butterfly, butterflies of the family Satyridae, having brown wings marked with eyelike spots.
sawfly Tweet Definition of sawfly Like Definition of sawfly on Facebook
noun (pluralsawflies)
  1. Any of various flying insects of the suborder Symphyta whose ovipositor is long and often serrated and is used to cut into plants to lay eggs.
Sawyer Tweet Definition of Sawyer Like Definition of Sawyer on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English occupational surname for someone who made a living from sawing wood.
scarab Tweet Definition of scarab Like Definition of scarab on Facebook
noun
  1. A type of beetle belonging to the family w:Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeidae, especially the species Scarabaeus sacer, sacred to the ancient Egyptians.
  2. A symbol, seal, amulet, or gem fashioned to resemble the sacred beetle.
scorpionfly Tweet Definition of scorpionfly Like Definition of scorpionfly on Facebook
noun
  1. any insect of the family Panorpidae having a curved tail rather like a scorpion
  2. the insect order Mecoptera
shard Tweet Definition of shard Like Definition of shard on Facebook
noun
  1. A piece of broken glass or pottery, especially one found in an archaeological dig.
  2. A piece of material, especially rock and similar materials, reminding of a broken piece of glass or pottery.
  3. A tough scale, sheath, or shell; it is especially used as a term to refer to the elytra of a beetle.
silkworm Tweet Definition of silkworm Like Definition of silkworm on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various caterpillars of moths that produce silk cocoons, especially Bombyx mori which is the source of most commercial silk.
silverfish Tweet Definition of silverfish Like Definition of silverfish on Facebook
noun (plural or silverfishes)
  1. A small wingless insect with silvery scales, a type of bristletail.
skipper Tweet Definition of skipper Like Definition of skipper on Facebook
noun
  1. (nautical) The master of a ship.
  2. A coach, director, or other leader.
  3. (cricket) the captain of a cricket team.
= verb
  1. (transitive) To be the skipper of a ship
slave Tweet Definition of slave Like Definition of slave on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is owned by another, as their property.
  2. A person who is forced to work for another, especially without pay.
  3. A person who is forced to perform sexual acts or other acts on a regular or continuing basis against their will.
  4. (engineering) A device that is controlled by another device.
  5. (engineering) An information worker who has signed a non-compete clause, in return for employment.
verb (slav, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To work hard.
I was slaving all day over a hot stove.
snakefly Tweet Definition of snakefly Like Definition of snakefly on Facebook
noun
  1. any insect of the order Raphidioptera.
snout Tweet Definition of snout Like Definition of snout on Facebook
noun
  1. The long, projecting nose, mouth and jaw of a beast, as of pigs.
''The pig rooted around in the dirt with its
  1. The nose of a man, (in contempt).
His glasses kept slipping further down onto his prominent .
  1. The nozzle of a pipe, hose, etc.
If you place the right into the bucket, it won't spray as much.
  1. The anterior prolongation of the head of a gastropod; -- called also rostrum.
  2. The anterior prolongation of the head of weevils and allied beetles.
verbto snout
  1. To furnish with a nozzle or point.
snout beetle Tweet Definition of snout beetle Like Definition of snout beetle on Facebook
noun
  1. weevil
soldier Tweet Definition of soldier Like Definition of soldier on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of an army, of any rank.
  2. A guardsman.
  3. A member of the Salvation Army.
  4. A piece of butter, buttered bread (or toast), cut into a long thin strip and dipped into a soft-boiled egg.
  5. A term of affection for a young boy.
verb
  1. To continue.
  2. To be a soldier.
soldier fly Tweet Definition of soldier fly Like Definition of soldier fly on Facebook
noun
  1. any fly of the insect family Stratiomyidae that resemble wasps.
sperm bank Tweet Definition of sperm bank Like Definition of sperm bank on Facebook
noun
  1. (medicine) a place where sperm from donors is stored for future use in artificial insemination
  2. (vulgar) the vagina
spider web Tweet Definition of spider web Like Definition of spider web on Facebook
noun
  1. The silken web spun by a spider.
  2. A network resembling such a web.
spinning Tweet Definition of spinning Like Definition of spinning on Facebook
noun
  1. The process of converting fibres into yarn or thread.
verb
  1. (present participle of, spin)
adjective
  1. rapidly, Rapidly rotating on an axis; whirling.
spit Tweet Definition of spit Like Definition of spit on Facebook
noun
  1. A rod on which meat is grilled (UK English) or broiled (US English).
  2. A narrow, pointed, usually sandy peninsula.
verb (spit, t, ed)
  1. To impale on a spit.
spittle Tweet Definition of spittle Like Definition of spittle on Facebook
noun
  1. Spit, usually frothy and of a milky coloration.
  2. Something frothy and white that resembles spit.
  3. spit-up, Spit-up or drool of an infant.
stadium Tweet Definition of stadium Like Definition of stadium on Facebook
noun (s, pl2=stadia)
  1. A Greek measure of length, being the chief one used for itinerary distances, also adopted by the Romans for nautical and astronomical measurements, equal to 600 Greek or 625 Roman feet, or 125 Roman paces, or to 606 feet, 9 inches.
  2. Hence, a race course, especially, the Olympic course for foot races.
  3. A venue where sporting events are held.
  4. A kind of telemeter for measuring the distance of an object of known dimensions, by observing the angle it subtends.
  5. In surveying, a graduated rod used to measure the distance of the place where it stands from an instrument having a telescope, by observing the number of the graduations of the rod that are seen between certain parallel wires (stadia wires) in the field of view of the telescope.
stag beetle Tweet Definition of stag beetle Like Definition of stag beetle on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of numerous large beetles of the family Lucanidae; the males have elaborate mandibles resemble, resembling the antlers of a stag.
stonefly Tweet Definition of stonefly Like Definition of stonefly on Facebook
noun
  1. any insect, of the order Plecoptera, having a flattened body; they are used by fishermen as bait
sulfur butterfly Tweet Definition of sulfur butterfly Like Definition of sulfur butterfly on Facebook
noun
  1. the cloudless sulfur
sulphur butterfly Tweet Definition of sulphur butterfly Like Definition of sulphur butterfly on Facebook
noun
  1. (alternative spelling of, sulfur butterfly)
super Tweet Definition of super Like Definition of super on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, informal, Northeastern US) superintendent, Superintendent of a building.
    1. (informal) Short form of superannuation, the Australian retirement benefits or pension scheme.
Jane looked forward to collecting a large payout when she retired.
adjective
  1. better than average, better than usual; wonderful.
adverb
  1. (informal) superb
swallowtail Tweet Definition of swallowtail Like Definition of swallowtail on Facebook
noun (plural: swallowtails)
  1. the forked tail of a swallow.
  2. anything, such as a burgee, of a similar forked shape.
  3. a type of tailcoat with two long tapering tails.
  4. any of various butterflies of the family Papilionidae, having a forked extension to the hind wing.
swarm Tweet Definition of swarm Like Definition of swarm on Facebook
noun
  1. A large number of insects, especially when in motion or (for bees) migrating to a new colony
  2. A mass of people or animals in turmoil
verb
  1. (intransitive) To move as a swarm
  2. (intransitive) To teem, or be overrun with insects
  3. (intransitive) To climb by gripping with arms and legs
  4. (transitive) To fill a place as a swarm
  5. (transitive) To climb a thing by gripping with arms and legs
  6. (transitive) To overwhelm as by an opposing army
Swift Tweet Definition of Swift Like Definition of Swift on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Johnathan Swift
  2. Gustavus Franklin Swift

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