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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hornet  \Hor"net\,  n.  [AS.  hyrnet;  akin  to  OHG.  hornaz  hornuz 
  G.  horniss;  perh.  akin  to  E.  horn,  and  named  from  the  sound 
  it  makes  as  if  blowing  the  horn;  but  more  prob.  akin  to  D. 
  horzel,  Lith.  szirszone  L.  crabo.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  large  strong  wasp.  The  European  species  ({Vespa  crabro}) 
  is  of  a  dark  brown  and  yellow  color.  It  is  very  pugnacious, 
  and  its  sting  is  very  severe.  Its  nest  is  constructed  of  a 
  paperlike  material,  and  the  layers  of  comb  are  hung  together 
  by  columns.  The  American  white-faced  hornet  ({V.  maculata}) 
  is  larger  and  has  similar  habits. 
 
  {Hornet  fly}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  dipterous  insect  of  the  genus 
  {Asilus},  and  allied  genera,  of  which  there  are  numerous 
  species.  They  are  large  and  fierce  flies  which  capture 
  bees  and  other  insects,  often  larger  than  themselves,  and 
  suck  their  blood.  Called  also  {hawk  fly},  {robber  fly}. 
 
  {To  stir  up  a  hornet's  nest},  to  provoke  the  attack  of  a 
  swarm  of  spiteful  enemies  or  spirited  critics.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hornet 
  n  :  large  stinging  paper  wasp 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Hornet 
  Heb.  tsir'ah,  "stinging",  (Ex.  23:28;  Deut.  7:20;  Josh.  24:12). 
  The  word  is  used  in  these  passages  as  referring  to  some  means  by 
  which  the  Canaanites  were  to  be  driven  out  from  before  the 
  Israelites.  Some  have  supposed  that  the  word  is  used  in  a 
  metaphorical  sense  as  the  symbol  of  some  panic  which  would  seize 
  the  people  as  a  "terror  of  God"  (Gen.  35:5),  the  consternation 
  with  which  God  would  inspire  the  Canaanites.  In  Palestine  there 
  are  four  species  of  hornets,  differing  from  our  hornets,  being 
  larger  in  size,  and  they  are  very  abundant.  They  "attack  human 
  beings  in  a  very  furious  manner."  "The  furious  attack  of  a  swarm 
  of  hornets  drives  cattle  and  horses  to  madness,  and  has  even 
  caused  the  death  of  the  animals." 
 




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