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 for Hornet fly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hornet \Hor"net\, n. [AS. hyrnet; akin to OHG. hornaz, hornuz,
     G. horniss; perh. akin to E. horn, and named from the sound
     it makes as if blowing the horn; but more prob. akin to D.
     horzel, Lith. szirszone, L. crabo.] (Zool.)
     A large, strong wasp. The European species ({Vespa crabro)
     is of a dark brown and yellow color. It is very pugnacious,
     and its sting is very severe. Its nest is constructed of a
     paperlike material, and the layers of comb are hung together
     by columns. The American white-faced hornet ({Vespa
     maculata) is larger and has similar habits.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Hornet fly (Zool.), any dipterous insect of the genus
        Asilus, and allied genera, of which there are numerous
        species. They are large and fierce flies which capture
        bees and other insects, often larger than themselves, and
        suck their blood. Called also hawk fly, robber fly.
  
     To stir up a hornet's nest, to provoke the attack of a
        swarm of spiteful enemies or spirited critics. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster]

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