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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.
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(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
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