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Any of various widely distributed insects of the family Vespidae, which includes the paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets.
[From New Latin Vespidae, family name, from Vespa, type genus, from Latin vespa, wasp.]
1. (Animals) any hymenopterous insect of the family Vespidae, including the common wasps and hornets
2. (Zoology) any hymenopterous insect of the family Vespidae, including the common wasps and hornets
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the family Vespidae
[C19: from New Latin Vespidae, from Latin vespa a wasp]
1. any of numerous nest-building wasps of the family Vespidae, including the yellowjackets, hornets, and mason wasps.adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Vespidae.
[1895–1900; < New Latin Vespidae]
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|Noun||1.||vespid - mostly social nest-building wasps |
wasp - social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
family Vespidae, Vespidae - an arthropod family of the order Hymenoptera including: yellow jackets; hornets; mason wasps
paper wasp - any of several social wasps that construct nests of a substance like paper
hornet - large stinging paper wasp
mason wasp - any of various solitary wasps that construct nests of hardened mud for their young
potter wasp - any of various solitary wasps that construct vase-shaped cells of mud for their eggs