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hor·net / ˈhôrnit/ • n. a large stinging wasp (Vespa and other genera) that typically nests in hollow trees. Its several species include the giant hornet (V. crabro) and the bald-faced (or white-faced) hornet (V. maculata). PHRASES: a hornets' nest a situation fraught with difficulties or complications.

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hornet The present form appears XV, succeeding to earlier hernet, harnet, prob. all — MLG. hornte, MDu. horn(e)te, corr. to OE. hyrnet(u), earlier hurnitu, hirnitu, OS. hornut, OHG. hornuz (G. hornisse), which have the appearance of derivs. of HORN; see -ET.

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hornet Large, orange and brown wasp native to Europe. They build egg-shaped paper nests with one queen and many nectar-gathering workers. They have a powerful sting, but are less aggressive than the common wasp. Family Vespidae.

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hornet (Vespa crabro) See VESPIDAE.

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hornet: see wasp.

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