yellow jacket

\ˈye-lō-ˌja-kət, ˈye-lə-\
variants: or less commonly yellowjacket

Definition of yellow jacket 

1 : any of various small yellow-marked vespid wasps (especially genus Vespula) that commonly nest in the ground and can sting repeatedly and painfully

2 slang : pentobarbital especially in a yellow capsule

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Melania Trump changed into a pale yellow jacket before the plane landed in McAllen for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center, which houses 55 migrant children. Darlene Superville,, "First lady's jacket asks a pointed question," 21 June 2018 The first lady wore a different pale yellow jacket when the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children's Center, which houses 55 migrant children. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Melania Trump's 'I don't care' jacket causes stir on border visit," 21 June 2018 Aside from different nesting preferences, the main difference between bees and wasps is that bees feed their larvae pollen, while wasps—a category that includes yellow jackets and hornets—nourish theirs with insects. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Ways To Keep Wasps Away From You," 6 June 2016 The reality star was impossible to miss wearing a bright neon yellow jacket, metallic silver biker shorts, your grandpa's high socks, and Yeezy sneakers for the family outing. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Basically Dressed Like A Crossing Guard To Take Her Kids to Disneyland," 23 May 2018 Past survivalists have dealt with horrible weather and flesh-eating bacteria, while one contestant was even stung by a yellow jacket in the most unfortunate of areas. Steve Helling,, "Naked and Afraid Survivalists Go Head to Head with A 'Huge' Caiman," 8 Apr. 2018 The summer sun baked the morning moisture off the GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Mich. Hellcats lined up for roll call in a rainbow of eye-popping color: yellow jacket, octane red, go mango. Robert Duffer,, "Taming a Hellcat at track safety school," 17 Aug. 2017 Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can put a serious crimp in your outdoor fun. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Wasp-Proof Your Backyard For Outdoor Summer Living," 21 June 2017 The Chicago native, who rocked a yellow jacket, white T-shirt and black jeans, quickly came out of his jacket after about three songs. Kevinisha Walker,, "Common pumps up Jazz Fest crowd -- and serenades female NOPD officer," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of yellow jacket

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of yellow jacket was in 1796

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English Language Learners Definition of yellow jacket

: a small flying insect that has yellow marks on its body and that can sting you

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Kids Definition of yellow jacket

: a small wasp with yellow markings that usually nests in colonies in the ground and can sting repeatedly and painfully

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Medical Definition of yellow jacket 

1 : any of various yellow-marked social wasps (especially genus Vespula of the family Vespidae) that usually nest in the ground, aggressively defend their nests, and can sting repeatedly and painfully

2 slang : pentobarbital especially in a yellow capsule usually used in plural

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