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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
References in classic literature ?
I hadn't minded her mill that morning, on account of having that hornets' nest of other troubles; but more than once in the afternoon I had to say:
No sooner had Metak so unwarily opened the door to this hornets' nest than he immediately withdrew and, turning, fled again in a new direction.
Let us look,' said the lama, and he led from the white road across the fields; walking into a very hornets' nest of pariah dogs.