American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous social or solitary insects, chiefly of the superfamilies Vespoidea and Sphecoidea, having a slender body with a constricted abdomen, two pairs of membranous wings, mouths adapted for biting or sucking, and in the females an ovipositor often modified as a sting.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any one of several families, many genera, and very numerous species of aculeate hymenopterous insects, whose wings fold lengthwise in a peculiar manner when the insects rest, which insects are hence collectively called Diploptera. Most wasps dig holes for themselves, whence they are also called
Fos-sores(though not all are fossorial). There are 13 families of wasps: namely, Scoliidæ, Sapygidæ, Pompilidæ, Sphecidie (or Sphegidæ), Larri dæ, Nyssonidæ, Bembecidæ, Philanthidæ, Pemphredonidæ, Crabronidæ, Masaridæ, Eumenidæ, and Vespidæ. The members of the first ten of these families are indiscriminately known as digger-wasps; those of the last three are wasps more strictly so called. The Masaridæ and Eumenidæ, like all the digger-wasps, are of solitary habits, and are hence known as solitary wasps (which see, under solitary). The Vespidæ alone are social wasps. These are also called paper-wasps, from the character of their nests, and include the various species of Vespa known as hornets. See, besides the family names, Agenia, Ammophila, Odynerus, Polistes, Sphecius, etc., dauber , mud-dauber, also digger-wasp, potter-wasp, sand-wasp, spider-wasp, wood-wasp, with numerous cuts.
- n. Figuratively, a person characterized by ill nature, petulance, peevishness, irritability, or petty malignity.
- n. Any of many types of stinging flying insect resembling a hornet or bee.
- n. A person who behaves in an angry or insolent way, hence waspish.
- n. A member of the dominant American upper-class culture, a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of stinging hymenopterous insects, esp. any of the numerous species of the genus Vespa, which includes the true, or social, wasps, some of which are called yellow jackets.
- n. social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
- n. a white person of Anglo-Saxon ancestry who belongs to a Protestant denomination
- Originally an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English waspe, from Old English wæps, wæsp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The omitted chapter introduced a wasp, in the character of a judge or barrister, I suppose, since Mr. Tenniel wrote that "a _wasp_ in a _wig_ is altogether beyond the appliances of art.”
“The term 'wasp' elicits a certain fear, though ours don't sting people and are friendly," Mr. Lewis says.”
“Someone has said that a wasp is a comfortable house-mate in comparison; it only stings when disturbed, but a habitual, discontented fretter stings with or without provocation.”
“I saw the same flock gnawing throgh the galls on the local milkweed plants which I know contain wasp larva.”
“And I looked up, and there it was - a big frickin 'wasp, about seven inches away from my face.”
“Fabre's "Souvenirs," and yet we were not at all prepared to believe that any plain American wasp could supply us with such a thrilling performance as that of the Gallic _hirsuta_, which he so dramatically describes.”
“We’re so sheltered here – the odd bee or wasp is the worst we have (of course, to someone who is allergic, that’s not a minor thing, either).”
“The other night, on TV, my husband and I heard that the government spends 4 million to train wasp and I can’t get help from The White House or our Senators or Congress, to defend myself against a corporation which is taking advantage and lying about this situation?”
“And though Cyprus-born designer Hussein Chalayan called his wasp-waist 1950s silk party dresses shredded in tatters "an unfortunate coincidence," some editors wept at the sight of them -- a poignant commentary on the beauty of the Towers and New York's shattered innocence.”
“They're put inside this device, called the wasp pound.”
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