Origin of vespiary

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

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Historical Examples of vespiary

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

British Dictionary definitions for vespiary


noun plural -aries
  1. 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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