paper wasp


Definition of paper wasp

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

Examples of paper wasp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Six of those came from the past few weeks: three at the paper wasp nest, one photographed by a doorstep camera, one caught in a streetlamp, and one found on a front porch and discarded. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "First Live ‘Murder Hornet’ Captured in the U.S.," 5 Oct. 2020 One homeowner was able to get a photo of a hornet attacking a paper wasp nest in the eaves of his roof. David Williams, CNN, "The search is on for a nest of murder hornets in Washington state," 3 Oct. 2020 Even worse, a single paper wasp will sting multiple times. René A. Guzman,, "The buzz about paper wasps: these pollinators do more good than harm in San Antonio gardens," 1 Sep. 2020 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 |,, "Yellow jacket ‘super nests’ now in 10 Alabama counties," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of paper wasp

1853, in the meaning defined above

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14 Oct 2020

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“Paper wasp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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