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mason wasp

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

First recorded in 1785–95
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Historical Examples

  • 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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