mud wasp


noun Chiefly North Midland and Western U.S.

any of several wasps, as the mud dauber, that construct a nest of mud.

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Origin of mud wasp

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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Example sentences from the Web for mud wasp

  • This is the Mud-wasp at work, building a strong mud-nest for her family.

    Woodland Tales|Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • If you look under the roof of any wooden barn in Eastern America you are likely to see the nest of the common Mud-wasp.

    Woodland Tales|Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • The grub was sound asleep, and would have come out next spring, as a big steel-blue Mud-wasp had I let him alone.

    Woodland Tales|Ernest Seton-Thompson