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



BrE BrE//wɒsp//
; NAmE NAmE//wɑːsp//
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a black and yellow flying insect that can sting a wasp sting a wasps’ nest See related entries: Invertebrates Word OriginOld English wæfs, wæps, wæsp, of West Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin vespa; perhaps related to weave (from the web-like form of its nest).
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