wasp


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to wasp: Wasp sting

wasp

(wŏsp, wôsp)
n.
Any of numerous social or solitary hymenopterans of the suborder Apocrita, especially of the family Vespidae, that characteristically have a slender hairless body with a constricted abdomen, two pairs of membranous wings, a mouth adapted for biting or sucking, and in the females an ovipositor sometimes modified as a sting.

wasp′y adj.
(1) Wasp

A flying insect of the order Hymenoptera whose sting may trigger allergic reactions of variable intensity
(2) WASP

A commonly used acronym for
Informatics Wireless application service provider
Molecular medicine Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein
Vox populi White Anglo-Saxon Protestant The demographic profile of the typical upper-class American until the end of the 20th century
References in periodicals archive ?
A short video guide is also available to view at https://bpca.org.uk/wasps Ms Bungay added: "If snacks are eaten outdoors then food and drinks as well as the natural environment all provide an attractive place for wasps.
Traps can make things worse There are so many traps on the market that capture wasps, but they can make things worse, says Salisbury - the signals they give off when trapped can attract even more waps to the same site.
A perfect alternative, however, is a sweet fizzy drinkwhich is why you end up with a cloud of wasps around you when you're trying to enjoy one in the pub garden.
As for swatting: "Wasps can release alarm pheromones when they think they are being attacked, so swatting will cause this.
He expected inquiries to continue this month which was usually busiest for tackling wasp nests and the time of year when wasps can be at their most aggressive.
"And because of the cold winter, the wasp season started about six weeks earlier.
Both wasps and bumbeblees live in colonies which thrive during the summer season.
"But wasps must not be used like this and the cocktail can be harmful to humans."
It takes an awful lot of wasp collecting to amass enough of the insects.