mason wasp


noun
  1. any of several solitary wasps, as Rygchium dorsale, that construct nests of mud or clay.

Origin of mason wasp

1
First recorded in 1785–95

Words Nearby mason wasp

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How to use mason wasp in a sentence

  • The mason wasp (Epipone spinipes) builds its cells and lays its eggs, one in each cell.

    The Dawn of Reason | James Weir
  • In such a bank, the mason-wasp bores a tubular gallery two or three inches deep.

    Insect Architecture | James Rennie

British Dictionary definitions for mason wasp

mason wasp

noun
  1. a solitary wasp of the genus Odynerus that excavates its nest in sand or the mortar of old walls

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