vespid

[ ves-pid ]

noun
  1. any of numerous, mostly colonial, nest-building wasps of the family Vespidae, as the yellow jackets, hornets, and mason wasps.

adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Vespidae.

Origin of vespid

1
1895–1900; <New Latin Vespidae, equivalent to Vesp(a) a genus (Latin: wasp) + -idae-id2

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How to use vespid in a sentence

  • The Hornet is the largest European species of the family of the vespid.

    The Insect World | Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for vespid

vespid

/ (ˈvɛspɪd) /


noun
  1. any hymenopterous insect of the family Vespidae, including the common wasps and hornets

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the family Vespidae

Origin of vespid

1
C19: from New Latin Vespidae, from Latin vespa a wasp

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