Potter wasp
Potter Pot"ter, n. [Cf. F. potier.] 1. One whose occupation is to make earthen vessels. --Ps. ii. 9. [1913 Webster]

The potter heard, and stopped his wheel. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. One who hawks crockery or earthenware. [Prov. Eng.] --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

3. One who pots meats or other eatables. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The red-bellied terrapin. See {Terrapin}. [1913 Webster]

{Potter's asthma} (Med.), emphysema of the lungs; -- so called because very prevalent among potters. --Parkers.

{Potter's clay}. See under {Clay}.

{Potter's field}, a public burial place, especially in a city, for paupers, unknown persons, and criminals; -- so named from the field south of Jerusalem, mentioned in --Matt. xxvii. 7.

{Potter's ore}. See {Alquifou}.

{Potter's wheel}, a horizontal revolving disk on which the clay is molded into form with the hands or tools. ``My thoughts are whirled like a potter's wheel.'' --Shak.

{Potter wasp} (Zo["o]l.), a small solitary wasp ({Eumenes fraternal}) which constructs a globular nest of mud and sand in which it deposits insect larv[ae], such as cankerworms, as food for its young. [1913 Webster]


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  • Potter wasp — Wasp Wasp, n. [OE. waspe, AS. w[ae]ps, w[ae]fs; akin to D. wesp, G. wespe, OHG. wafsa, wefsa, Lith. vapsa gadfly, Russ. osa wasp, L. vespa, and perhaps to E. weave.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of stinging hymenopterous insects, esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • potter wasp — ☆ potter wasp n. MASON WASP …   English World dictionary

  • potter wasp — noun A group of wasps in the subfamily Eumeninae. Syn: mason wasp …   Wiktionary

  • potter wasp — noun any of various solitary wasps that construct vase shaped cells of mud for their eggs • Hypernyms: ↑vespid, ↑vespid wasp • Member Holonyms: ↑Eumenes, ↑genus Eumenes …   Useful english dictionary

  • potter wasp — any of several mason wasps, esp. of the genus Eumenes, that construct a juglike nest of mud. [1875 80, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Potter wasp genera — The overwhelming morphological diversity of the potter wasp species is reflected in the proliferation of genera described to group them in more manageable groups. At the present time, more than 200 genera are recognized as valid. You can see here …   Wikipedia

  • Wasp — Wasp, n. [OE. waspe, AS. w[ae]ps, w[ae]fs; akin to D. wesp, G. wespe, OHG. wafsa, wefsa, Lith. vapsa gadfly, Russ. osa wasp, L. vespa, and perhaps to E. weave.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of stinging hymenopterous insects, esp. any of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wasp fly — Wasp Wasp, n. [OE. waspe, AS. w[ae]ps, w[ae]fs; akin to D. wesp, G. wespe, OHG. wafsa, wefsa, Lith. vapsa gadfly, Russ. osa wasp, L. vespa, and perhaps to E. weave.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of stinging hymenopterous insects, esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Potter — Pot ter, n. [Cf. F. potier.] 1. One whose occupation is to make earthen vessels. Ps. ii. 9. [1913 Webster] The potter heard, and stopped his wheel. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] 2. One who hawks crockery or earthenware. [Prov. Eng.] De Quincey.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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