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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.
See also: path, tread
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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.
See also: path, tread
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nigra at El Indio was low (< 2 individuals [m.sup.-2])--even lower than that reported for other host species harboring symbiotic species that live solitarily (e.g., density of the sea anemone Phymactis papillosa, host to the solitary crab Allopetrolisthes spinifrons in the temperate rocky intertidal is 0-14 individuals 0.25 [m.sup.-2]; Baeza and Thiel, 2003) or in very small social groups (e.g., density of the pen-shell Pinna camea that harbors heterosexual pairs of the shrimp Pon-tonia mexicana is 0.059 [sd = 0.027] individuals [m.sup.-2]; Baeza et al., 2011).
Its central symbol is the Lighthouse presented, ambivalently, through extinguished lights, distorted reflections, and its solitarily haunting strokes, summoning the image of the dead Mrs.
As a result of the sitcom's reality-show-like format, characters often address the audience by speaking into the camera in a confessional style, solitarily sharing their feelings about specific situations and providing brief anecdotes to supplement the episodes' postmodernist, sometimes disjointed storylines.
Language 'spricht einzig und einsam, mit sich selber' ('speaks singularly and solitarily with itself).
When sampling at roosts, the most accurate estimates likely come from solitarily species or those that roost in small colonies (e.g., <1,000; Kunz, 2003; Tuttle, 2003).
(1), (3) Each adult female can live for five years and solitarily reproduce.
Unlike hummingbirds that are solitary species and forage solitarily, bats form roosting places that work as information centers like the hive does for bees.
Medical researchers, for example, have speculated on how health can be affected by how locations are devised, such as the need to create 'walkable communities' to encourage people to do more walking, more social interaction and less sitting solitarily at home in front of the television.
(40-49) The speaker, who describes himself at the opening of the poem as having been "nurs'd by careless Solitude" (8), wanders solitarily in search of the essence of deistic Nature, an essence that he finds expressed in the nightingale's sad song.
They are locally abundant during the summer, nest solitarily, and probably disperse offshore over the continental shelf in winter.
For an observable the mentioned possibility should be independent of the fact that it is measured solitarily or simultaneously with other observables.
Taking the above suggestions into account, then, a reasonable assumption would be that extended chains of variable functional play performed solitarily would emerge through the acquisition of interactive functional play.
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).
solitarily, in inhuman conditions." (60) Importantly, this
At each scan sampling, we recorded how many young were found in mother-offspring groups, sibling groups, or solitarily. Individuals were considered to be within a mother-offspring group if they were within the mother's whip length, in a sibling group if they were within whip length of one or more other individuals, or solitary if they were beyond whip length of another individual.