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1950, proprietary name of an Italian make of motor scooter, first produced 1946, from Italian, literally "wasp," from Latin vespa (see wasp). Rival brand was Lambretta.

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  • "I was very interested by vespa's reply to a mother who had written him," he went on.

    They Twinkled Like Jewels Philip Jos Farmer
  • In the previous lesson I spoke of vespa wasps that make homes of paper.

  • vespa vulgaris has a beetle parasite, but this is somewhat of a rarity.

    Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants Edward Saunders
  • As soon as my secretary had gone I went into her room and looked for my friend vespa.

    The House of Martha

    Frank R. Stockton
  • vespa vulgaris always uses decayed wood, while V. germanica and other species use sound wood.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie

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