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Word Origin and History for vespa



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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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.