Mud dauber
Mud Mud (m[u^]d), n. [Akin to LG. mudde, D. modder, G. moder mold, OSw. modd mud, Sw. modder mother, Dan. mudder mud. Cf. {Mother} a scum on liquors.] Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive. [1913 Webster]

{Mud bass} (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water fish ({Acantharchum pomotis} or {Acantharchus pomotis}) of the Eastern United States. It produces a deep grunting note.

{Mud bath}, an immersion of the body, or some part of it, in mud charged with medicinal agents, as a remedy for disease.

{Mud boat}, a large flatboat used in dredging.

{Mud cat}. See {mud cat} in the vocabulary.

{Mud crab} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several American marine crabs of the genus {Panopeus}.

{Mud dab} (Zo["o]l.), the winter flounder. See {Flounder}, and {Dab}.

{Mud dauber} (Zo["o]l.), a mud wasp; the {mud-dauber}.

{Mud devil} (Zo["o]l.), the fellbender.

{Mud drum} (Steam Boilers), a drum beneath a boiler, into which sediment and mud in the water can settle for removal.

{Mud eel} (Zo["o]l.), a long, slender, aquatic amphibian ({Siren lacertina}), found in the Southern United States. It has persistent external gills and only the anterior pair of legs. See {Siren}.

{Mud frog} (Zo["o]l.), a European frog ({Pelobates fuscus}).

{Mud hen}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The American coot ({Fulica Americana}). (b) The clapper rail.

{Mud lark}, a person who cleans sewers, or delves in mud. [Slang]

{Mud minnow} (Zo["o]l.), any small American fresh-water fish of the genus {Umbra}, as {Umbra limi}. The genus is allied to the pickerels.

{Mud plug}, a plug for stopping the mudhole of a boiler.

{Mud puppy} (Zo["o]l.), the menobranchus.

{Mud scow}, a heavy scow, used in dredging; a mud boat. [U.S.]

{Mud turtle}, {Mud tortoise} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of fresh-water tortoises of the United States.

{Mud wasp} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of hymenopterous insects belonging to {Pep[ae]us}, and allied genera, which construct groups of mud cells, attached, side by side, to stones or to the woodwork of buildings, etc. The female places an egg in each cell, together with spiders or other insects, paralyzed by a sting, to serve as food for the larva. Called also {mud dauber}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • mud dauber — Mud Mud (m[u^]d), n. [Akin to LG. mudde, D. modder, G. moder mold, OSw. modd mud, Sw. modder mother, Dan. mudder mud. Cf. {Mother} a scum on liquors.] Earth and water mixed so as to be soft and adhesive. [1913 Webster] {Mud bass} (Zo[ o]l.), a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mud dauber — mud daub er, mud dauber mud daub er, n. A wasp of the family {Sphegidae} ({Sphecidae}) which builds a nest of mud and stores insects and spiders in it; a digger wasp. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mud-dauber — mud daub er, mud dauber mud daub er, n. A wasp of the family {Sphegidae} ({Sphecidae}) which builds a nest of mud and stores insects and spiders in it; a digger wasp. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mud dauber — ☆ mud dauber n. any of various narrow waisted wasps (family Sphecidae) that build cells of hard, caked mud for their larvae …   English World dictionary

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  • mud dauber — /ˈmʌd dɔbə/ (say mud dawbuh) noun any of certain wasps of the families Eumenidae, Vesipidea and Sphecidae, which construct mud cells for their larvae and provision them with insects …   Australian English dictionary

  • mud dauber — noun Date: 1856 any of various wasps (especially family Sphecidae) that construct mud cells in which the female places an egg with spiders or insects paralyzed by a sting to serve as food for the larva …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mud dauber — any of several wasps of the family Sphecidae that build a nest of mud cells and provision it with spiders or insects. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

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