[ ves-pee-er-ee ]
/ ˈvɛs piˌɛr i /

noun, plural ves·pi·ar·ies.

a nest of social wasps.

Origin of vespiary

1810–20; < Latin vesp(a) wasp + (ap)iary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vespiary

  • 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


/ (ˈvɛspɪərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

a nest or colony of social wasps or hornets

Word Origin for vespiary

C19: from Latin vespa a wasp, on the model of apiary
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Word Origin and History for vespiary



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

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