vespid
noun Etymology: ultimately from Latin vespa wasp — more at wasp Date: circa 1900 any of a cosmopolitan family (Vespidae) of chiefly social wasps that usually live in colonies like bees • vespid adjective

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  • vespid — [ves′pid] n. [< ModL Vespidae < L vespa,WASP] any of a worldwide family (Vespidae) of social wasps, as the hornet and yellow jacket, that live in colonies consisting of a queen, males, and workers adj. of these wasps …   English World dictionary

  • vespid — noun mostly social nest building wasps • Syn: ↑vespid wasp • Hypernyms: ↑wasp • Hyponyms: ↑paper wasp, ↑hornet, ↑common wasp, ↑Vespula vulgaris, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • vespid — /ves pid/, n. 1. any of numerous, mostly colonial, nest building wasps of the family Vespidae, as the yellow jackets, hornets, and mason wasps. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the family Vespidae. [1895 1900; < NL Vespidae, equiv. to Vesp(a) a …   Universalium

  • vespid — 1. adjective Characteristic of the wasp family Vespidae; wasplike 2. noun Any social insect of the family Vespidae including wasps and hornets …   Wiktionary

  • vespid — ves·pid …   English syllables

  • vespid — ves•pid [[t]ˈvɛs pɪd[/t]] n. 1) ivt any of numerous nest building wasps of the family Vespidae, including the yellowjackets, hornets, and mason wasps 2) ent belonging or pertaining to the family Vespidae • Etymology: 1895–1900; < NL Vespidae …   From formal English to slang

  • vespid — /ˈvɛspəd/ (say vespuhd) noun 1. any member of the Vespidae, a widely distributed family of social wasps, including the hornets, which live in communities composed of males (drones), females (queens), and workers. –adjective 2. belonging or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • vespid wasp — noun mostly social nest building wasps • Syn: ↑vespid • Hypernyms: ↑wasp • Hyponyms: ↑paper wasp, ↑hornet, ↑common wasp, ↑Vespula vulgaris, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • vespid venom gland — (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, a type of venom gland in which two tubes end in a distinct spherically formed reservoir whose wall has a strong muscular layer, but no glandular elements …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • common wasp — noun a variety of vespid wasp • Syn: ↑Vespula vulgaris • Hypernyms: ↑vespid, ↑vespid wasp • Member Holonyms: ↑Vespula, ↑genus Vespula …   Useful english dictionary

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