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solitary wasp

A type of wasp that does not live in a social colony. My sister is an entomologist currently studying the behavior of solitary wasps.
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tread a/the (type of) path

To choose a particular kind of lifestyle that one commits to. My brother's always treaded a solitary path, no matter how much we reach out to him. You'll be treading a tough path if you decide to drop out of college now.
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tread a difficult, solitary, etc. ˈpath

choose and follow a particular way of life, way of doing something, etc: A restaurant has to tread the tricky path between maintaining quality and keeping prices down.
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Although in a different context he recognizes quasi-philosophically that sometimes one has to do things when awfully hungry that one would not want to do as a steady thing (Twain [1982a]: 170), he nevertheless fails to appreciate any element of Hobson's choice about Jim's solitarily induced natural meager diet (berries and such), and disdainfully, prejudicially, calls it "rubbage" (51-52).
At each scan sampling, we recorded how many young were found in mother-offspring groups, sibling groups, or solitarily.
The actuary's honorary secretary showed her extraordinarily literary superiority by working literally solitarily in the library particularly regularly during February.
The unmarried is and remains a person of the national community, the more solitarily she stands in life, all the more she can be such.
Rarely are mathematical processes solitarily involved (Geary, 1993).
Working outside of the literary establishment, solitarily, secretively, "Melville was making his rounds as a deputy inspector of customs and he was writing epic poetry" (2: 688); "after the loss of [his son] Malcolm and so much else, he found that he still possessed reserves of emotional commitment, intellectual rigor, aesthetic complexity, psychological insight, and the requisite physical strength.
Wilson graciously recognized many prominent myrmecologists who have worked largely solitarily in Latin America, by naming species after them, including the masters W.
At a prison that will strike most non-Scandinavian viewers as impressively cushy (prisoners get TV sets with remote controls, and enjoy conjugal visiting rights), a solitarily confined Henrik gets a taste of the instant rush to judgment meted out to his "kind" (i.
Isolated individual endeavor, for all its purity of ideals, is of no use, and the desire to sacrifice an entire lifetime to the noblest of ideals serves no purpose if one works alone, solitarily, in some corner of America, fighting against adverse governments and social conditions which prevent progress.
For a decade she had solitarily occupied a pLain of shorn foundations.
Female white-nosed coati disperse and live solitarily when giving birth and during the first few weeks of growth.
When offspring are produced, we will allow some to remain in the containers with their mothers and we will rear some spiderlings solitarily.
The resin gives the work a remoteness, like covetable consumer goods shrink-wrapped or displayed solitarily in a vitrine.
THIS ancient monument of huge stones solitarily standing on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England has captured imaginations for centuries.