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mason bee

noun
1.
any of numerous solitary bees, as of the family Megachilidae, that construct nests of clay.
Origin of mason bee
1765-1775
1765-75
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  • In short, the mother is absolutely incapable of settling her eggs in the chamber of the mason bee.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • With us, it is the converse: we know the way out of the mason bee's fortress, but we do not know the way in.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Such is the strange perforating machine that is to prepare an outlet for the feeble Anthrax through the mason bee's cement.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Moreover, she is absolutely powerless to penetrate the mason bee's fortress, powerless as a fluff of down against a rock.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The egg is not placed upon the victuals, it is not even laid in the mason bee's cell.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Her nymph differs from that of Anthrax trifasciata, the Anthrax of the mason bee, in possessing less powerful armor.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • Not one of us had succeeded in seeing the big black Fly perching on the dome of the mason bee.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • When made through the mason bee's walls, it is cylindrical, fairly neat and exactly of the animal's diameter.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • It enters, finds itself in the presence of ample provisions, the larva of the mason bee.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for mason bee

mason bee

noun
1.
any bee of the family Megachilidae that builds a hard domelike nest of sand, clay, etc, held together with saliva
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