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  • IPA(key): /aˈbispa/ [aˈβ̞is.pa]
  • Rhymes: -ispa
  • Syllabification: a‧vis‧pa

Etymology 1[edit]

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Inherited from Old Spanish biespa, from Latin vespa, from Proto-Indo-European *wobʰseh₂ (wasp), from *webʰ- (to weave). The initial /a/ may have been added by analogy with abeja (bee). For the development of the stressed vowel, compare víspera, níspero. Doublet of vespa.

Alternative forms[edit]


avispa f (plural avispas)

  1. wasp (any of many types of stinging flying insect resembling a hornet)
    • [1591, Richard Percyuall, Bibliotheca Hispanica. Containg a Grammar, with a Dictionaire in Spanish, English, and Latine, gathered out of diuers good Authors: very profitable for the studious of the Spanish toong, London: Iohn Iackson:
      Abiſpa,a waſpe,Veſpa.
      Avispa, a wasp, Vespa.]
  2. someone quick-tempered
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. inflection of avispar:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

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