wæsp

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wepsō-, from Proto-Indo-European *wobʰseh₂ ‎(wasp), from *webʰ- ‎(weave) (referring to the insect's woven nests). Germanic cognates include Old Saxon waspa, wepsia (Low German Wöps and Wösp, Dutch wesp), Old High German wefsa (German Wespe), Norwegian veps/kvefs. The Indo-European root is also the source of Old Breton guohi, Latin vespa (derivations including Italian Vespa, scooter), Lithuanian vapsvà, Russian оса ‎(osá). The word is also related to English web and weave.

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Noun[edit]

wæsp m

  1. a wasp

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