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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Berlusconi also promised that Vespa would remove the statement from the future editions of his book.Silvio Berlusconi's PR Campaign in Rome's Jewish Ghetto|Anna Momigliano|November 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Kaufman rode her Vespa to hard-hit parts of New Jersey to help clean houses and deliver food, but she was still restless.For Sandy Victims, This Could Be the Coldest Thanksgiving Ever|Eliza Shapiro|November 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Daniel is an unusual priest, however, as he gives rides to Hassids on his Vespa and calls himself a "great connoisseur of women."
And then, like a Vespa gang of European teenagers, jeggings invaded our shores.
When the Vespa scooter, for example, was relaunched four years ago, a friend bragged it was his "midlife crisis on a budget."
Vespa vulgaris has a beetle parasite, but this is somewhat of a rarity.Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants|Edward Saunders
It is discoverable between the claws in many Hymenoptera, as Apis, Vespa, &c.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
The Hornet (Vespa crabo), which is remarkable for its large size, usually builds its nest in the hollow of a tree.
Vespa'sian was by no means of an illustrious family, his father being only a collector of the tax called quadragesima.Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome|Oliver Goldsmith
For an account of the distinctions between Vespa vulgaris and germanica see Ch.Problems of Genetics|William Bateson