polistes

noun pol·is·tes \pōˈliˌstēz\

Definition of polistes

  1. 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. 2 plural polistes :  any wasp of the genus Polistes

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Origin and Etymology of polistes

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


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