mud-dauber
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]

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  • Mud dauber — Black and yellow mud dauber Sceliphron caementarium Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

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

  • mud dauber — mud′ daub er n. ent any of several wasps of the family Sphecidae that build a nest of mud cells and provision it with paralyzed spiders or insects for the larvae to feed on • Etymology: 1855–60, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • 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

  • mud dauber — noun wasp that constructs mud cells on a solid base in which females place eggs laid in paralyzed insect larvae • Hypernyms: ↑sphecoid wasp, ↑sphecoid • Member Holonyms: ↑Sphecidae, ↑family Sphecidae …   Useful english dictionary

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