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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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.

  • 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.