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hornet:

see waspwasp,
name applied to many winged insects of the order Hymenoptera, which also includes ants and bees. Most wasps are carnivorous, feeding on insects, grubs, or spiders. They have biting mouthparts, and the females have stings with which they paralyze their prey.
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hornet

[′hȯr·nət]
(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for a number of large wasps in the hymenopteran family Vespidae.

hornet

any of various large social wasps of the family Vespidae, esp Vespa crabro of Europe, that can inflict a severe sting
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Wasps and hornets belong in the order Hymenoptera, along with bees and ants.