• WordNet 3.6
    • n Polistes a genus of Vespidae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polistes A genus of social wasps of the family Vespidæ, containing long-bodied black species with subpedunculate abdomen and wings folding in repose. They have the abdomen subsessile or subpetiolate, long, and fusiform, and the metathorax as long as broad, and oblique above; the basal nervure joins the subcostal at the base of the stigma. It is a large genus of variable species, which build combs or a series of paper cells in sheltered places. chiefly on rafters, without a complete covering. P. gallicus is a common European species. P. rubiginosus is common in North America.
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In literature:

Seeing that identity of shape and costume does not save the Polistes, how will the Volucella fare, with her clumsy imitation?
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
I know ye, ye bloated monno-polist.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne

In news:

Polistes annularis—more commonly known as the red wasp.
Paper wasps Paper Wasp (Genus Polistes).
Even in a world where parasites routinely turn insects into zombies, radically altering their bodies and behavior to serve the parasites ' demands, the story of Polistes dominulus and Xenos vesparum stands out for its weirdness.