Vespa

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Vespa type genus of the Vespidae: various hornets and yellow jackets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Vespa vĕs"pȧ (Zoöl) A genus of Hymenoptera including the common wasps and hornets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vespa A Linnean genus of aculeate hymenopterous insects, formerly of great extent, now restricted to certain social wasps and hornets of the modern family Vespidæ, as the common wasp, V. vulgaris, and the common hornet, V. crabro. See cuts under hornet and wasp. It at first corresponded to Latreille's family Diploptera, but is now restricted to forms having the abdomen sessile, broad and truncate at the base, metathorax very short and truncate, and the basal nervure of the fore wings joining the subcostal at some distance before the stigma. They are short-bodied wasps with folded wings, and are commonly known in the United States as yellow-jackets or hornets. Their nests consist of a series of combs arranged one below another, and enveloped in a papery covering. In tropical regions these nests reach an immense size, those of a Ceylonese species often measuring 6 feet in length. Twenty species occur in the United States and 14 in Europe. V. maculata of North America is the so-called white-faced hornet, and is isotypical with the European V. crabro. The latter has been introduced into the United States, and occurs in New York, and New England.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., wasp

Usage

In literature:

Genus, Vespa; subgenus, Abispa; species, Abispa australiana (mihi).
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Vespa'sian was by no means of an illustrious family, his father being only a collector of the tax called quadragesima.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
The following specimen is given in the Vespae, 1427.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
As soon as my secretary had gone I went into her room and looked for my friend Vespa.
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
When the Vespa family are grown up they are called hornets, and Peter and Tom know how hornets sting!
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
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In news:

Co-op advertising organized by Piaggio Group Americas, Vespa 's parent company, doesn't hurt.
MORGAN GRENFELL BUYS VESPA .
As you may know, 88Nine RadioMilwaukee we will be giving a Vespa scooter as a grand prize for our Summer Passport series.
One of our favorite ways to enjoy those late-season waves is on an inflatable surf mat like the Fourth Gear Flyer Vespa Roundtail.
Naomi Watts and Princess Diana Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com.
Vespa's 2013 line pays homage to classics.
It was a day of motorcycles and a red Vespa, chefs and 3 Pie Sisters, haystack rides, sheep cheese and.
Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for THR.
Vespa brings new mode of transport to Toledo.
Naomi Watts and Princess Diana Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com.
Meet Our Vespa Raffle Winner.
See Who Signed the Vespa.
Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for amfAR.
Vespa first introduced the PX150 model in 2005.
He was riding a Vespa scooter at the time.
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In science:

Christine Vespa, On projective functors in the category Fquad (in preparation). 13.
The mixed functors of the category Fquad: a first study
Christine Vespa, The functor category Fquad , arXiv:math.
The mixed functors of the category Fquad: a first study
Aur´elien Djament and Christine Vespa, Sur l’homologie des groupes orthogonaux et symplectiques `a coefficients tordus, Ann.
Polynomial functors from Algebras over a set-operad and non-linear Mackey functors
Vespa, Quadratic functors on pointed categories, Adv.
Polynomial functors from Algebras over a set-operad and non-linear Mackey functors
Christine Vespa, Generic representations of orthogonal groups: the functor category Fquad , J.
Polynomial functors from Algebras over a set-operad and non-linear Mackey functors
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