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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HORNET

He went a-peekin' an' a-pryin' round my ears, as if he'd found a hornet's nest.

Our peaceful convent was from thenceforth like a bee-hive into which a hornet had entered.

He recognized the nest as that of a variety of hornet which is large and valiant.

The hornet was too small to be struck by the arrows of the lightning.

So the hornet is now an oriole, a bird that is loved by every one.

"And get something for these hornet stings," added Tad Sobber.

"As mad as a hornet," and there was a chuckle in Sam's tone.

Then he realised the extent of the hornet's nest into which he had blundered.

On the way thither they separated, the "Hornet" cruising alone.

Nine of her crew went down with her, and three of the Hornet's men.

WORD ORIGIN

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."

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