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[ves-pee-er-ee] /ˈvɛs piˌɛr i/
noun, plural vespiaries.
a nest of social wasps.
Origin of vespiary
1810-20; < Latin vesp(a) wasp + (ap)iary Unabridged
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  • In every other respect it had precisely the same colour and fibrous texture as the walls of a vespiary.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
British Dictionary definitions for vespiary


noun (pl) -aries
a nest or colony of social wasps or hornets
Word Origin
C19: from Latin vespa a wasp, on the model of apiary
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Word Origin and History for vespiary

"wasp's nest," 1817, from Latin vespa "wasp" (see wasp) on model of apiary.

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