any of numerous solitary bees, as of the family Megachilidae, that construct nests of clay.
Origin of mason bee
First recorded in 1765–75
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for mason bee
Historical Examples of mason bee
Let us continue our series of tests with the Mason-bee of the Walls.
Here is a Mason-bee building; she is at work on the first course of her cell.
I shall call it the Chalicodoma, or Mason-bee, of the Sheds.
The Mason-bee is a housekeeper of scrupulous cleanliness, as indeed are all the Hymenoptera.
Some thief might drop in and substitute her own egg for the Mason-bee's.
British Dictionary definitions for mason bee
any bee of the family Megachilidae that builds a hard domelike nest of sand, clay, etc, held together with saliva
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