There are 2 definitions of wasp in English:

wasp1

Syllabification: wasp
Pronunciation: /wäsp
 
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noun

1A social winged insect that has a narrow waist and a sting. It constructs a paper nest from wood pulp and raises the larvae on a diet of insects.
  • Family Vespidae, superfamily Vespoidea, order Hymenoptera: several genera, in particular Vespula and Polistes
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  • Another hazard that sometimes faced the picker was disturbing a nest of wasps or some other stinging creatures.
  • Bites from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants are typically the most troublesome.
  • It didn't kill the wasps, the nest was made of paper so it absorbed the shock and just split open.
2A solitary winged insect with a narrow waist, mostly distantly related to the social wasps and including many parasitic kinds.
  • Several superfamilies in the sections Aculeata (digger, mason, and potter wasps) and Parasitica (parasitic wasps and gall wasps), order Hymenoptera
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  • In the garden dill attracts beneficial insects, including bees, parasitic wasps and tachinid flies.
  • There is also a parasitic wasp that attacks them but they are not effective enough to prevent the damage.
  • Tussock moth larvae that are not killed by parasitic wasps and predators turn into brightly marked caterpillars.

Origin

Old English wæfs, wæps, wæsp, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vespa; perhaps related to weave1 (from the weblike form of its nest).

Derivatives

wasplike

adjective
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  • The 45-year-old politician was immediately struck by the 18-year-old: ‘That brunette with the wasp-like waist.’
  • She's slimmer, with a more sharply defined jaw and nose, lips of an entirely different shape, big wide eyes, a wasp-like waist and, most astonishing of all, the slender legs of a teenage girl.
  • They are small, black and wasp-like in appearance.

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There are 2 definitions of wasp in English:

Wasp2

Syllabification: Wasp
Pronunciation: /wäsp
 
/
(also WASP)

noun

North American
An upper- or middle-class American white Protestant, considered to be a member of the most powerful group in society.
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  • But the criticism of WASPs as a group, says Brookhiser, is only a symptom of a deeper ill.
  • Old-guard Wasps appear to feel threatened by the newly rich and their growing influence around the city, and dismiss new money as ‘tasteless and gauche.’

Origin

1950s: acronym from white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.

Derivatives

Waspish

adjective
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  • But that's ignoring the host of other immigrant entertainers who also altered their names to a more Waspish form; I think this kind of stuff deserves a programme of its own.
  • Both he and Woods, who played in the same 1995 Walker Cup side, are blazing a trail for ethnic minorities on the US Tour, which is still dominated by golfers of a Waspish background.
  • A talented young artist, he returns with a portfolio of animal sketches - and a sudden enthusiasm for Waspish, heartland values.

Waspy

adjective
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  • It's furnished with a predictable cast of competently drawn near-stereotypes - Waspy, hard-drinking real-estate brokers, an overbearing Jewish mom, wealthy friends to whom everything seems to come easy.
  • I saw her, and she had this great hair and this Waspy blue blazer.
  • Klute opens with a Waspy dinner table scene in which we see a standard happy family and friends (one of whom will turn out to be the film's killer).

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