Definition of hornet in English:

hornet

Syllabification: hor·net
Pronunciation: /ˈhôrnit
 
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noun

  • A large stinging wasp that typically nests in hollow trees.
    • Vespa and other genera, family Vespidae: several species, including the giant hornet (V. crabro) and the bald-faced (or white-faced) hornet (V. maculata)
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    • Bites from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants are typically the most troublesome.
    • The insects most likely to cause allergic reactions are wasps, honeybees, hornets, yellow jackets and ants.
    • South African paper wasps, or hornets as they are also called, are often encountered underneath overhangs such as the eaves of roofs but do not form very big groups.

Phrases

a hornets' nest

A situation fraught with difficulties or complications: the move has stirred up a hornets' nest of academic fear and loathing
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  • Discount broker TD Waterhouse has stirred up a hornets' nest with the announcement that it will introduce margin trading into the UK.
  • In doing so, he seems to have stirred up a hornets' nest.
  • The US has not only disturbed a hornets' nest; it keeps on poking it.

Origin

Old English hyrnet, of Germanic origin; related to German Hornisse. The form of the word was probably influenced by Middle Dutch and Middle Low German hornte.

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