[ ves-pid ]
/ ˈvɛs pɪd /


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


belonging or pertaining to the family Vespidae.

Origin of vespid

1895–1900; < New Latin Vespidae, equivalent to Vesp(a) a genus (Latin: wasp) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vespid

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

    The Insect World|Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for vespid


/ (ˈvɛspɪd) /


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


of, relating to, or belonging to the family Vespidae

Word Origin for vespid

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