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noun

any of several paper wasps of the family Vespidae, having black and bright yellow bands.
Slang. a yellow capsule of phenobarbital.

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Origin of yellow jacket

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
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yellow jacket

noun

US and Canadian any of several social wasps of the genus Vespa, having yellow markings on the body
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