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hor·net

 (hôr′nĭt)
n.
Any of various large stinging wasps of the family Vespidae, chiefly of the genera Vespa and Vespula, that characteristically build large papery nests.

[Middle English hornet, alteration (probably influenced by horn, horn) of hernet, from Old English hyrnet; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]

hornet

(ˈhɔːnɪt)
n
1. (Animals) any of various large social wasps of the family Vespidae, esp Vespa crabro of Europe, that can inflict a severe sting
2. hornet's nest a strongly unfavourable reaction (often in the phrase stir up a hornet's nest)
[Old English hyrnetu; related to Old Saxon hornut, Old High German hornuz]

hor•net

(ˈhɔr nɪt)

n.
any large stinging paper wasp of the family Vespidae, as Vespa crabro, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, or Vespula maculata of North America.
[before 900; Middle English harnete, Old English hyrnet(u)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hornet - large stinging paper wasphornet - large stinging paper wasp    
vespid, vespid wasp - mostly social nest-building wasps
giant hornet, Vespa crabro - European hornet introduced into the United States
Vespula maculifrons, yellow hornet, yellow jacket - small yellow-marked social wasp commonly nesting in the ground
Translations
زُنْبور
стършел
sršeň
gedehamshveps
krabro
herhiläinen
lódarázs
vespa, geitungur
crabro
širšė
sirsenis
osaszerszeń
sršeň
sršen

hornet

[ˈhɔːnɪt] Navispón m
to stir up a hornet's nestarmar mucho revuelo

hornet

[ˈhɔːrnɪt] nfrelon m

hornet

nHornisse f; to stir up a hornet’s nest (fig)in ein Wespennest stechen

hornet

[ˈhɔːnɪt] ncalabrone m

hornet

(ˈhoːnit) noun
a kind of large wasp.

hornet

n. avispa, avispón.

hornet

n avispón m
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And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air, not only birds, large and small, but midges, and hornets, bees and flies had to come.
But the willow-wren sent down the hornet, with orders to settle beneath the fox's tail, and sting with all his might.
It was a big stone that I threw," chuckled Mowgli, who had often amused himself by throwing ripe paw-paws into a hornet's nest, and racing off to the nearest pool before the hornets caught him.
this comes of lending you the use of my castle, that cannot manage your undertaking quietly, but you must bring this nest of hornets about my ears
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