• WordNet 3.6
    • n wasp social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
    • n WASP a white person of Anglo-Saxon ancestry who belongs to a Protestant denomination
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wasps that feed on ferment occasionally get drunk and pass out
    • n Wasp (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.☞ The social wasps make a complex series of combs, of a substance like stiff paper, often of large size, and protect them by a paperlike covering. The larvæ are reared in the cells of the combs, and eat insects and insect larvæ brought to them by the adults, but the latter feed mainly on the honey and pollen of flowers, and on the sweet juices of fruit. See Illust. in Appendix.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and white worms like fried pork rinds.
    • n wasp 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 wasp Figuratively, a person characterized by ill nature, petulance, peevishness, irritability, or petty malignity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's smallest winged insect, the Tanzanian parasitic wasp, is smaller than the eye of a housefly.
    • n Wasp wosp a popular name for Hymenopterous insects belonging to the family Vespidæ, or to closely related families—(Wasps are generally more slender and much less hairy than bees, and their stinging organ—an ovipositor—resembles that of bees in structure and mode of action): a petulant and spiteful person
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  • Malabar Proverb
    Malabar Proverb
    “Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp's nest.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. waspe, AS. wæps, wæfs,; akin to D. wesp, G. wespe, OHG. wafsa, wefsa, Lith. vapsa, gadfly, Russ. osa, wasp, L. vespa, and perhaps to E. weave,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæsp, wæps; Ger. wespe, L. vespa.


In literature:

Suppose a great hollow tree, in which the formidable wasps of the tropics have built for ages.
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
The wasp did not move further.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
Tom's trained eye spied a wasp's nest hanging from a limb.
"Grace Harlowe's Junior Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
Why, it seemed the ship was being surrounded by these wasps of the sea.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
There was one about a battle between the wasps and the squirrels, and another about the beaver who wanted wings.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
Probably he has found the larvae which the wood wasp left there in the fall.
"Some Winter Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell
We'd been terribly plagued with wasps for weeks, and it was some time before we could find the nest.
"Woodside" by Caroline Hadley
The wasps, for instance, have built hexagonal cells, but they have not displayed such ingenuity as the bees have done.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
Next time be careful, for it may be full of wasps.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
The windows were open, and she thought a bee or a wasp might have flown in.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store" by Laura Lee Hope

In poetry:

With wasps and bees my busy bill
Sucks ill from good, and good from ill.
Humil'ty makes my pride to grow,
And pride aspiring lays me low.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Everything's changed for the best -
how quivering and fierce we were,
there snowbound together,
simmering like wasps
in our tent of books!
"The Old Flame" by Robert Lowell
As that wasp will soon sadly perceive,
Who has feasted awhile on a plum;
And, his thirst thinking now to relieve,
For a sweet liquid draught he is come.
"Wasps In A Garden" by Charles Lamb
"From such sights," said my friend, "we may draw
A lesson, for look at that bee;
Compared with the wasp which you saw,
He will teach us what we ought to be.
"Wasps In A Garden" by Charles Lamb
"They live on dew and honey,
They do not have any hive,
They do not sting like wasps, and bees, and hornets,
And to be as good as they are we should strive.
"I Write About The Butterfly" by Louisa May Alcott
Hope shines—as in a stable a wisp of straw.
Fear not the wasp drunk with his crazy flight!
Through some chink always, see, the moted light!
Propped on your hand, you dozed—But let me draw
"Hope Shines" by Paul Verlaine

In news:

Huron County General Health District officials wants to remind residents that late summer (August through October) is prime time for the appearance of those pesky yellow jacket wasps that seem to be everywhere.
Preventing yellow jacket wasps from ruining outdoor fun.
Thank The Simple Wasp For That Complex Glass Of Wine.
Vineyard Vines' Ethnic WASP Clothing.
Here are the latest spy photos of the new Replicarz 1/18 diecast model of the Marmon Wasp that won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.
Wasp's Nest by Gabriel Valjan.
If only humans could crack the wasp 's secret, it might make day care a whole lot easier to find.
Wasp MobileAsset is the #1 selling asset tracking solution for small to medium-sized businesses.
Wasps become a nuisance for many in the Anchorage area as their activity increases in preparation for winter.
Wasps circle their basketball-size nest shortly before they and it are removed from a yard Tuesday morning August 21, 2012 in south Anchorage.
There will be refreshments and a documentary film of the WASPs , who trained at Avenger Field.
Wasp Barcode Technologies is a barcode manufacturer that provides data capture and tracking solutions designed specifically for small business.
Wasps are gaining in numbers, which is normal during these hot days.
Its jet spray will reach nests up to 20 feet away, and its residual controls wasps returning to the nest.

In science:

We consider the set of WASP planets for which the RM effect has been characterised using RV data, including the systems presented in this study.
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31
For reasons of consistency we use the RV based solution of Tripathi et al. (2010) for our intial conditions for WASP-3, rather than the more recent tomographical study of Miller et al. (2010).
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31
This is an interesting, if puzzling result, but does provide further evidence to support our previous conclusion of an aligned system for WASP-16.
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31
Our new MCMC runs for WASP-1 and WASP-4 produce very large error bars on λ, but end up in different categories despite both failing the T10 criterion of misalignment.
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31
Examining their respective RM anomalies we note that both have very low amplitudes, but that the data for WASP-4 is of significantly better quality than that for WASP-1.
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31