mason wasp

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noun

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

Origin of mason wasp

First recorded in 1785–95
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Historical Examples of mason wasp

  • In such a bank, the mason-wasp bores a tubular gallery two or three inches deep.


British Dictionary definitions for mason wasp

mason wasp

noun

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