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waspnoun [C]

uk   /wɒsp/  us   /wɑːsp/
B2 a ​flyinginsect, often ​black and ​yellow, that can sting (= ​produce a ​small, ​painfulskininjury): There's a wasps' nest in that ​oldtree. a wasp sting

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WASPnoun [C]

(also Wasp) uk   /wɒsp/  us   /wɑːsp/ mainly US sometimes disapproving
abbreviation for White ​Anglo-SaxonProtestant: a ​white American whose ​familyoriginally came from ​northernEurope, and is ​thereforepart of a ​group often ​considered as having the most ​influence and the most ​money in American ​society: My ​mother comes from an ​old WASP ​family which has been in this ​country for 350 ​years.
Waspy
adjective uk   /ˈwɒs.pi/  us   /ˈwɑː.spi/ (also Waspish)
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"wasp" in American English

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waspnoun [C]

 us   /wɑsp, wɔsp/
a ​flyinginsect that is ​able to ​stingrepeatedly

WASPnoun [C]

 us   /wɑsp, wɔsp/
abbreviation forwhite Anglo-Saxon protestant (= a ​white, ​Protestant American whose ​familyoriginally came from ​northwestern Europe)
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