Mason wasp
Mason Ma"son, n. [F. ma[,c]on, LL. macio, machio, mattio, mactio, marcio, macerio; of uncertain origin.] [1913 Webster] 1. One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes. [1913 Webster]

2. A member of the fraternity of Freemasons. See {Freemason}. [1913 Webster]

{Mason bee} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of solitary bees of the genus {Osmia}. They construct curious nests of hardened mud and sand.

{Mason moth} (Zo["o]l.), any moth whose larva constructs an earthen cocoon under the soil.

{Mason shell} (Zo["o]l.), a marine univalve shell of the genus {Phorus}; -- so called because it cements other shells and pebbles upon its own shell; a carrier shell.

{Mason wasp} (Zo["o]l.), any wasp that constructs its nest, or brood cells, of hardened mud. The female fills the cells with insects or spiders, paralyzed by a sting, and thus provides food for its larv[ae] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • mason wasp — n. any of a genus (Eumenes, family Eumenidae) of solitary wasps that build urn shaped nests of mud …   English World dictionary

  • mason wasp — noun 1. solitary wasp that constructs nests of hardened mud or clay for the young • Hypernyms: ↑sphecoid wasp, ↑sphecoid • Member Holonyms: ↑Sceliphron, ↑genus Sceliphron 2. any of various solitary wasps that construct nests of hardened mud for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mason wasp — noun A potter wasp …   Wiktionary

  • mason wasp — ma′son wasp n. ent any of several solitary wasps, as Rygchium dorsale, that construct nests of mud or clay • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • mason wasp — noun Date: 1815 any of various solitary vespid wasps (subfamily Eumeninae) that construct nests of hardened mud …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mason wasp — any of several solitary wasps, as Rygchium dorsale, that construct nests of mud or clay. [1785 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • mason wasp — /ˈmeɪsən wɒsp/ (say maysuhn wosp) noun any of a number of species of wasps of the genus Odynerus, which build mud cells in which to store food for their larvae; mud dauber …   Australian English dictionary

  • Mason — Ma son, n. [F. ma[,c]on, LL. macio, machio, mattio, mactio, marcio, macerio; of uncertain origin.] [1913 Webster] 1. One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes. [1913 Webster] 2. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mason bee — Mason Ma son, n. [F. ma[,c]on, LL. macio, machio, mattio, mactio, marcio, macerio; of uncertain origin.] [1913 Webster] 1. One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mason moth — Mason Ma son, n. [F. ma[,c]on, LL. macio, machio, mattio, mactio, marcio, macerio; of uncertain origin.] [1913 Webster] 1. One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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