See under hornet.
Origin of bald-faced hornet
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
Definition for bald-faced hornet (2 of 2)
[ hawr-nit ]
/ ˈhɔr nɪt /
any large, stinging paper wasp of the family Vespidae, as Vespa crabro (giant hornet), introduced into the U.S. from Europe, or Vespula maculata (bald-faced hornet or white-faced hornet), of North America.
Origin of hornet
before 900; Middle English harnete, Old English hyrnet(u); cognate with Old High German hornaz (> German Horniss); akin to horn
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British Dictionary definitions for bald-faced hornet
/ (ˈhɔːnɪt) /
any of various large social wasps of the family Vespidae, esp Vespa crabro of Europe, that can inflict a severe sting
hornet's nest a strongly unfavourable reaction (often in the phrase stir up a hornet's nest)
Word Origin for hornet
Old English hyrnetu; related to Old Saxon hornut, Old High German hornuz
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Idioms and Phrases with bald-faced hornet
see mad as a hornet; stir up a hornet's nest.
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