Hornet meaning

hôrnĭt
Any of several large social wasps (family Vespidae), strikingly colored yellow and black.
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Any of various large stinging wasps of the family Vespidae, chiefly of the genera Vespa and Vespula, that characteristically build large papery nests.
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Any of various large stinging wasps of the family Vespidae, chiefly of the genera Vespa and Vespula, that characteristically build large papery nests.
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A large wasp, of the genus Vespa, with a brown and yellow striped body and capable of inflicting a serious sting.
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(soccer) Someone connected with Watford Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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Origin of hornet

  • Middle English hornet alteration (probably influenced by horn horn) of hernet from Old English hyrnet ker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English hernet, from Old English hyrnetu, hyrnete, from Proto-Germanic *hurznutō (compare German Hornisse), alteration of Proto-Germanic *hurzulǭ (compare Dutch horzel), from Proto-Indo-European *k̑érh₂sr- (compare Welsh creyryn 'wasp', Latin crābrō 'hornet', Lithuanian širšė 'wasp', Old Church Slavonic сръшень (srŭšenĭ) 'hornet', Albanian grerë, grenzë 'wasp, hornet').

    From Wiktionary