vespid

noun

ves·​pid ˈve-spəd How to pronounce vespid (audio)
: any of a cosmopolitan family (Vespidae) of chiefly social wasps that usually live in colonies like bees
vespid adjective

Word History

Etymology

ultimately from Latin vespa wasp — more at wasp

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vespid was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Vespid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vespid. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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