Origin of hornet
Examples from the Web for hornet
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps also use the supersonic F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter to guide other jets to their targets.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS|Dave Majumdar|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that's abstract enough to allow people to read into it what they will and avoid the hornet's nest of contemporary politics.
As any journalist who has poked at this hornet's nest can tell you, myself included, the wrath of the 4chan hive is no picnic.
Jest like a hornet's nest: shake a stick at ary one o' the group, an' they all come buzzin' round te'ble miffy in less 'n no time.
It would be too vast a hornet's nest for any combination of Powers to disturb.From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling
The hornet was the first paper-maker, and holds the original patent.Birds and Poets|John Burroughs
But who ever heard of any one with a good word for the hornet?Eye Spy|William Hamilton Gibson
Brother Terrapin is rescued by Brother Rabbit, who substitutes a hornet's nest.Nights With Uncle Remus|Joel Chandler Harris
British Dictionary definitions for hornet
Word Origin for hornet
Word Origin and History for hornet
Old English hyrnet, hurnitu "large wasp, beetle," probably from Proto-Germanic *hurz-nut- (cf. Old Saxon hornut, Middle Dutch huersel, Dutch horzel, Old High German hornaz, German Hornisse "hornet"), from PIE imitative (buzzing) root *krs-, as preserved in Old Church Slavonic srusa, Lithuanian szirszu "wasp." On this theory, the English word (as well as German Hornisse) was altered by influence of horn, to suggest either "horner" (from the sting) or "horn-blower" (from the buzz). Cf. also Old Saxon hornobero "hornet," literally "trumpeter."
Idioms and Phrases with hornet
see mad as a hornet; stir up a hornet's nest.