What does the word hornet mean?

Usage examples for hornet

  1. 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 by Edward Bulwer Lytton