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1. Of, relating to, or resembling a wasp.
2. Of or relating to a vespid wasp of the subfamily Vespinae.

[From Latin vespa, wasp.]
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(Zoology) of, relating to, or resembling a wasp or wasps
[C19: from Latin vespa a wasp]
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(ˈvɛs paɪn, -pɪn)

of, pertaining to, or resembling wasps.
[1835–45; < Latin vesp(a) wasp + -ine1]
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