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noun, plural ves·pi·ar·ies.
  1. a nest of social wasps.
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Origin of vespiary

1810–20; < Latin vesp(a) wasp + (ap)iary
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  • 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


noun plural -aries
  1. a nest or colony of social wasps or hornets
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Word Origin

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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