One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A wasps' nest.
- ‘It is said the drone also keeps the vespiary clean, clearing away all rubbish and carrying out dead bodies.’
- ‘If bees and butterflies have apiaries and ants have formicaries, wasps have vespiaries.’
- ‘The buzz of wasps and the bees in the vespiary were all the chaos she had ever experienced.’
- ‘You shouldn't approach beehives and vespiaries.’
- ‘Here's what not to write: ‘A bevy of quail wandered near the estuary / While the debutante waved a rake at the vespiary / A tumultuous buzzing disrupted the serenity/and there came an agglomeration of enmity’.’
Early 19th century: formed irregularly from Latin vespa ‘wasp’, on the pattern of apiary.
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