Definition of vespid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvespid/

Entry from US English dictionary


Any wasp of the family Vespidae, including yellow jackets and hornets.
Example sentences
  • The two types of stinging insects are vespids (wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and fire ants) and aphids (honeybees and bumblebees).
  • Furthermore, the inclusion of only two independent origins of sociality (in honeybees and vespid wasps) limited the conclusions that could be drawn concerning the effect of sociality on molecular evolution.
  • Although vespids are beneficial to mother nature by controlling the population of other bugs -- and by being food to other animals -- they can be a real nuisance.

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Syllabification: ves·pid

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