white-faced hornet

noun

plural white-faced hornets
: bald-faced hornet
In the orchard dwells another cabbageworm predator, the white-faced hornet.Cass Peterson
Nest defense by white-faced hornets is formidable, because these wasps—with their relatively huge food resources conspicuously suspended—have had a long evolutionary history perfecting their response to perceived threats.Bernd Heinrich

Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of white-faced hornet was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“White-faced hornet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white-faced%20hornet. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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