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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various widely distributed social insects of the family Vespidae, which includes certain wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the family Vespidae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of the wasp family Vespidae; wasplike
  • n. Any social insect of the family Vespidae including wasps and hornets

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of the hymenopterous family Vespidæ.
  • Having the characteristics of or belonging to the family Vespidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mostly social nest-building wasps


From New Latin Vespidae, family name, from Vespa, type genus, from Latin vespa, wasp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • New study rewrites evolutionary history of vespid wasps

    Again, Canadians ahead of US

  • Scientists at the University of Illinois have conducted a genetic analysis of vespid wasps that revises the vespid family tree and challenges long-held views about how the wasps’ social behaviors evolved.

    Again, Canadians ahead of US


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