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vespiary

[ ves-pee-er-ee ]
/ ˈvɛs piˌɛr i /
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noun, plural ves·pi·ar·ies.

a nest of social wasps.

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Origin of vespiary

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

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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