Origin of white-faced hornet
Definition for white-faced hornet (2 of 2)
Origin of hornet
British Dictionary definitions for white-faced hornet
Word Origin for hornet
Word Origin and History for white-faced 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 white-faced hornet
see mad as a hornet; stir up a hornet's nest.