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Topic: INSECTS

Language: Old English
Origin: hyrnet

hornet

noun
     
hor‧net [countable]
1HBI a large black and yellow flying insect that can sting [↪ wasp]
2

hornets' nest

a situation in which there is a lot of trouble and quarrelling:
The new production targets have stirred up a hornet's nest.
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