One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to wasps.
- ‘There are several vespine species in North America that exhibit social parasitism.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin vespa ‘wasp’ + -ine.
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