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
Origin of vespid; from Modern Latin Vespidae ; from Classical Latin vespa, wasp
of these wasps
Any of various widely distributed insects of the family Vespidae, which includes the paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets.
Origin of vespidFrom New Latin Vespidae, family name, from Vespa, type genus, from Latin vespa, wasp.
(comparative more vespid, superlative most vespid)
- Characteristic of the wasp family Vespidae; wasplike
- Any social insect of the family Vespidae including wasps and hornets