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[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.
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)
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.”
Heb. tsir’ah, “stinging”, (Ex. 23:28; Deut. 7:20; Josh. 24:12). The word is used in these passages as referring to some means by which the Canaanites were to be driven out from before the Israelites. Some have supposed that the word is used in a metaphorical sense as the symbol of some panic which would seize the people as a “terror of God” (Gen. 35:5), the consternation with which God would inspire the Canaanites. In Palestine there are four species of hornets, differing from our hornets, being larger in size, and they are very abundant. They “attack human beings in a very furious manner.” “The furious attack of a swarm of hornets drives cattle and horses to madness, and has even caused the death of the animals.”
[jahy-uh n-tiz-uh m] /ˈdʒaɪ ənˌtɪz əm/ noun 1. Pathology. . 2. the state or quality of being a . /ˈdʒaɪənˌtɪzəm/ noun 1. another term for gigantism giantism gi·ant·ism (jī’ən-tĭz’əm) n.
noun 1. any of various very large kelps of the genera Laminaria, Macrocystis, and Nereocystis.
noun an individual or group that defeats a more powerful opponent
noun 1. . [kuh-moh-doh] /kəˈmoʊ doʊ/ noun 1. a monitor lizard, Varanus komodoensis, of certain Indonesian islands E of Java, that grows to a length of 10 feet (3 meters): the largest lizard in the world; now rare. /kəˈməʊdəʊ/ noun 1. the largest monitor lizard, Varanus komodoensis, of Komodo and other East Indian islands: grows […]