Part of speech: noun

A stinging insect, having membranous wings. See illus. in next column.

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Usage examples "wasp":

  1. " I have heard of a philosopher who tamed a wasp," said Kenelm, " but never before of a young lady who tamed butterflies." - "Kenelm Chillingly, Book 5.", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  2. " It would do very well, as we've"- he stopped suddenly-" as we've got a wasp already," he had been going to say- it seemed to come so naturally- when his mother's warning came back to his mind. - "Rosy", Mrs. Molesworth.
  3. By and by, however, a wasp was caught in her nest, so she hid the cradle for safety in the darkest corner of her little house near by, while she attended to Mr. Wasp. - "The Sun's Babies", Edith Howes.