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mud dauber

any of several wasps of the family Sphecidae that build a nest of mud cells and provision it with spiders or insects.
Origin of mud dauber
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A mud-dauber wasp built a nest in my room, and used an open ventilating window as an entrance and exit.

    The Dawn of Reason James Weir
  • Pelopæus, the mud-dauber, is now building its earthen cells, plastering them on old rafters and stone walls.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • But in Marions room there is a beam, and against that beam there is the nest of a mud-dauber.

  • He patiently watched the mud-dauber going about her house building.

  • You break down the mud-dauber wasp's nest from among the rafters of some building.

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

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • A wasp of the variety commonly called "mud-dauber" last summer built her nest on the ceiling of my room in one corner.

    The Dawn of Reason James Weir
British Dictionary definitions for mud-dauber

mud dauber

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 larvae See also digger wasp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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