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vespiary

[ves-pee-er-ee] /ˈvɛs piˌɛr i/
noun, plural vespiaries.
1.
a nest of social wasps.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Latin vesp(a) wasp + (ap)iary
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vespiary

/ˈvɛspɪərɪ/
noun (pl) -aries
1.
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
n.

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

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