Part of speech: noun

A large social wasp.

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Usage examples "hornet":

  1. This interesting little hornet is a common summer species, known as the solitary hornet- one of them- Odynerus flavipes. - "My Studio Neighbors", William Hamilton Gibson.
  2. The phrase " mad as a hornet" has become a proverb. - "My Studio Neighbors", William Hamilton Gibson.
  3. In truth, the Italians employed half their time in brawls amongst themselves; the Velletritrani had feuds with the people of Tivoli, and the Romans were still afraid of conquering the Barons;-" The hornet," said they, " stings worse after he is dead; and neither an Orsini, a Savelli, nor a Colonna, was ever known to forgive." - "Rienzi", Edward Bulwer Lytton.