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paper wasp

Syllabification: pa·per wasp

Definition of paper wasp in English:

noun

A social wasp that forms a small, umbrella-shaped nest made from wood pulp.
  • Genus Polistes, family Vespidae
Example sentences
  • The word wasp almost immediately conjures up an image of hornets swarming from papery football-shaped nests, or the fierce stings of the common paper wasp.
  • She's a paper wasp, specifically a member of the genus Polistes, the sort that builds small, open-celled, umbrella-like nests beneath eaves and picnic-shelter roofs.
  • Native to North America, the paper wasp Polistes fuscatus lives in colonies of one or two queens, and usually fewer than a hundred workers.

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