Definition of hornet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɔːnɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɔːrnɪt//
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  • a large wasp (= a black and yellow flying insect) that has a very powerful sting See related entries: Invertebrates
  • Word OriginOld English hyrnet, of Germanic origin; related to German Hornisse. The form of the word was probably influenced by Middle Dutch and Middle Low German hornte.Idioms a difficult situation in which a lot of people get very angry His letter to the papers stirred up a real hornets' nest.
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