Definition of Hornet

1. Noun. Large stinging paper wasp.




Definition of Hornet

1. n. A large, strong wasp. The European species (Vespa crabro) is of a dark brown and yellow color. It is very pugnacious, and its sting is very severe. Its nest is constructed of a paperlike material, and the layers of comb are hung together by columns. The American white-faced hornet (V. maculata) is larger and has similar habits.

Definition of Hornet

1. Noun. (soccer) someone connected with w:Watford Football Club Watford Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc. ¹

2. Noun. A large wasp, of the genus ''Vespa'', with a brown and yellow striped body and capable of inflicting a serious sting. ¹

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Definition of Hornet

1. a stinging insect [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hornet

1. A large, strong wasp. The European species (Vespa crabro) is of a dark brown and yellow colour. It is very pugnacious, and its sting is very severe. Its nest is constructed of a paperlike material, and the layers of comb are hung together by columns. The American white-faced hornet (V. Maculata) is larger and has similar habits. Hornet fly, any dipterous insect of the genus Asilus, and allied genera, of which there are numerous species. They are large and fierce flies which capture bees and other insects, often larger than themselves, and suck their blood. Called also hawk fly, robber fly. To stir up a hornet's nest, to provoke the attack of a swarm of spiteful enemies or spirited critics. Origin: AS. Hyrnet; akin to OHG. Hornaz, hornuz, G. Horniss; perh. Akin to E. Horn, and named from the sound it makes as if blowing the horn; but more prob. Akin to D. Horzel, Lith. Szirszone, L. Crabo. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hornet

horned puffin
horned rattlesnake
horned screamer
horned toad
horned violet
horned viper
horned whiff
hornedness
hornednesses
hornel
hornels
hornen
horner
horner syndrome
horners
hornet (current term)
hornet's nest
hornet stings
hornets
hornets' nest
hornfels
hornfelses
hornfish
hornfishes
hornfoot
hornful
hornfuls
horngeld
horngelds
hornier

Literary usage of Hornet

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1. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1895)
"The hornet was first to arrive, but had not time to anchor when Captain ... After the capture and destruction of the Penguin the hornet waited for the ..."

2. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1894)
"TRIAL TRIP OF HMS hornet. The official trial of HMS hornet, built by Messrs. Yarrow & Co., took place in the estuary of the Thames on Monday last, ..."

3. Sea Power in Its Relations to the War of 1812 by Alfred Thayer Mahan (1905)
"The " hornet" had eighteen 32-pounder carronades, and two long twelves. The wind being south-southwest, the " Penguin" was to windward, and bore up to close ..."

4. The History of the United States of America by Richard Hildreth (1880)
"The hornet con- Jan. 26. tinued blockading the treasure ship at Bahia till she was driven off by a ship of the line sent from Rio on that errand. ..."

5. History of the Late War Between the United States and Great Britain by Henry Marie Brackenridge (1844)
"The crew of the hornet divided their clothing with the prisoners, who were left destitute by the sinking of the ship ; and so sensible were the officers of ..."

6. Battles of the British Navy by Joseph Allen (1852)
"On the 24th of February, the United States 20-gun corvette hornet (eighteen 32-pounder carronades and two long twelves), Captain James Lawrence, ..."

7. History of the Second War Between the United States of America and Great by Charles Jared Ingersoll (1852)
"The hornet and Penguin were as well- matched as could be in class, size, and metal. ... Not long after, when commander 'of the hornet he took the Penguin, ..."

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