Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

vespiary

[ves-pee-er-ee]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural ves·pi·ar·ies.
  1. a nest of social wasps.
Show More

Origin of vespiary

1810–20; < Latin vesp(a) wasp + (ap)iary
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vespiary

Historical Examples

  • In every other respect it had precisely the same colour and fibrous texture as the walls of a vespiary.

    Insect Architecture

    James Rennie


British Dictionary definitions for vespiary

vespiary

noun plural -aries
  1. a nest or colony of social wasps or hornets
Show More

Word Origin

C19: from Latin vespa a wasp, on the model of apiary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vespiary

n.

"wasp's nest," 1817, from Latin vespa "wasp" (see wasp) on model of apiary.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper