paper wasp

noun

Definition of paper wasp

: a vespid wasp (especially genus Polistes) that builds a nest of papery material

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Wasps, not bees Though their yellow-and-black coloring might closely resemble bees, yellow jackets are in the wasp family, more closely related to a red paper wasp or a stinging hornet than a honey bee. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Yellow jacket ‘super nests’ now in 10 Alabama counties," 17 July 2019

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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