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mud wasp

noun, Chiefly North Midland and Western U.S.
any of several wasps, as the mud dauber, that construct a nest of mud.
Origin of mud wasp
1815-25, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • 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
  • This is the mud-wasp at work, building a strong mud-nest for her family.

    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

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