Definition of vespine in English:

vespine

Pronunciation: /ˈvespən//ˈvespīn/

adjective

  • Relating to wasps.

    • ‘Sheffield also provides a location for the experimental study of honey bees and vespine wasps.’
    • ‘Recent work pertaining to sting avoidance has mostly been concerned with the development and testing of attractants, insecticides and delivery systems for toxic baiting programs to control vespine wasps.’
    • ‘There are several vespine species in North America that exhibit social parasitism.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin vespa wasp + -ine.

Pronunciation:

vespine

/ˈvespən//ˈvespīn/