An insect belonging to the Wasp family, but much larger and stronger than the ordinary wasp, and whose sting gives severe pain. It is fully an inch in length. It forms its nest of a kind of paper-work made from bits of wood and bark, which it places in hollow trees and walls. It feeds on fruits, honey, and insects. Hornets, like bees, live in societies made up of males, females, and workers. The females and workers do all the work, and sting when disturbed. Their sting inflicts a painful wound, usually accompanied with considerable swelling. The best applications for it are grated potatoes and sweet oil.