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social wasp

any of several wasps, as the hornets or yellowjackets, that live together in a community.
Compare solitary wasp.
Origin of social wasp
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The social wasp includes the paper-making varieties and the hornets.

    Great Hike

    Alan Douglas
  • She paused as if resting, and in that moment a social wasp descended like a fury and bore her to the ground.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham

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