Asian hornet


plural Asian hornets
: yellow-legged hornet

Note: The Entomological Society of America announced in July 2022 that it has officially named this insect the yellow-legged hornet to comply with Society policies discouraging geographic references for invasive species.

compare asian giant hornet

Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Asian hornet was in 1975

Dictionary Entries Near Asian hornet

Cite this Entry

“Asian hornet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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