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mud dauber

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noun

any of several wasps of the family Sphecidae that build a nest of mud cells and provision it with spiders or insects.

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Nearby words

mud bath, mud berth, mud bug, mud crab, mud crack, mud dauber, mud eel, mud fever, mud flat, mud gecko, mud hen

Origin of mud dauber

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for mud dauber

  • Pelopæus, the Mud-dauber, is now building its earthen cells, plastering them on old rafters and stone walls.

    Our Common Insects|Alpheus Spring Packard
  • He patiently watched the mud-dauber going about her house building.

  • As she swung thus, self-possessed and at ease, suddenly a mud-dauber pounced upon her.

    In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • But in Marions room there is a beam, and against that beam there is the nest of a mud-dauber.

British Dictionary definitions for mud dauber

mud dauber


noun

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 larvaeSee also digger wasp
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