from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various social vespid wasps, especially those in the genus Polistes, that build papery nests from chewed wood pulp.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any one of the social wasps which makes its nest of a paperlike substance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of several social wasps that construct nests of a substance like paper


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