hornet

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noun hor·net \ˈhȯr-nət\

Definition of hornet

  1. :  any of the larger vespid wasps (as of the genus Vespa) — compare yellow jacket

Origin and Etymology of hornet

Middle English hernet, from Old English hyrnet; akin to Old High German hornaz hornet, Latin crabro


First Known Use: before 12th century


HORNET Defined for English Language Learners

hornet

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noun hor·net \ˈhȯr-nət\

Definition of hornet for English Language Learners

  • : a flying insect that has a powerful sting


HORNET Defined for Kids

hornet

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noun hor·net \ˈhȯr-nət\

Definition of hornet for Students

  1. :  a large wasp that can give a severe sting



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