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mud dauber

any of several wasps of the family Sphecidae that build a nest of mud cells and provision it with spiders or insects.
Origin of mud dauber
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This little white spider I found in the nest of a mud dauber wasp.

    Book of Monsters David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
British Dictionary definitions for mud dauber

mud dauber

any of various wasps of the family Sphecidae, that construct cells of mud or clay in which they lay their eggs and store live insects as food for the developing larvae See also digger wasp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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