pol·​is·​tes | \ pōˈliˌstēz \

Definition of polistes

1 capitalized : an extensive genus of social wasps that have a spindle-shaped abdomen and wings which fold like a fan, are mostly black with yellow or brown markings, and make nests consisting of a single comb of papery material suspended by a peduncle and having no envelope
2 plural polistes : any wasp of the genus Polistes

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History and Etymology for polistes

New Latin, from Greek polistēs founder of a city, from polizein to build a city, from polis city + -izein -ize

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“Polistes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polistes. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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