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mason bee

noun
1.
any of numerous solitary bees, as of the family Megachilidae, that construct nests of clay.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75
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  • It is also known as the orchard mason bee, because it uses mud to build its nests.
  • It is also known as the orchard mason bee because it uses mud to build its nests.
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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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