Definitions for waspwɒsp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any of numerous winged hymenopterous insects with a slender body and a narrow stalk between the abdomen and thorax, the female having a harsh stinger that can strike repeatedly.

    Category: Entomology

Origin of wasp:

bef. 900; ME waspe, OE wæsp, metathetic var. of wæps, itself var. of wæfs, akin to OS wespa, wepsia, OHG wafsa, L vespa



or Wasp

  1. a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant.

    Category: Status (usage)

  2. a member of the privileged, established white upper middle class in the U.S.

    Category: Status (usage)

  3. Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

    Ref: Waspy 2

Origin of WASP:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. WASP, white Anglo-Saxon Protestant(noun)

    a white person of Anglo-Saxon ancestry who belongs to a Protestant denomination

  2. wasp(noun)

    social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wasp(noun)ɒsp

    a stinging insect with black and yellow stripes

    He had been stung by a wasp.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wasp(noun)

    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


  1. Wasp

    The term wasp is typically defined as any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant. Almost every pest insect species has at least one wasp species that preys upon it or parasitizes it, making wasps critically important in natural control of their numbers, or natural biocontrol. Parasitic wasps are increasingly used in agricultural pest control as they prey mostly on pest insects and have little impact on crops.

Translations for wasp

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of winged insect having a sting and a slender waist.

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