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Wasp n.s. [weasp, Saxon; vespa, Latin; guespe, French.] A brisk stinging insect, in form resembling a bee.

More wasps, that buz about his nose,
Will make this sting the sooner.
Shakespeare's Henry VIII.

Encount'ring with a wasp,
He in his arms the fly doth clasp.

Why, what a wasp-tongu'd and impatient
Art thou, to break into this woman's mood,
Trying thine ear to no tongue but thine own?
Shak. H. IV.

Sources: Drayton, Michael (7) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 (46) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62)

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