mud dauber

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mud dauber

n.
Any of various solitary predatory wasps, especially of the families Sphecidae and Crabronidae, that build nests of mud and provision them with paralyzed prey.

mud dauber

n
(Animals) any of various wasps of the family Sphecidae, that construct cells of mud or clay in which they lay their eggs and store live insects as food for the developing larvae. See also digger wasp

mud′ daub`er


n.
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.
[1855–60, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mud dauber - wasp that constructs mud cells on a solid base in which females place eggs laid in paralyzed insect larvaemud dauber - wasp that constructs mud cells on a solid base in which females place eggs laid in paralyzed insect larvae
sphecoid, sphecoid wasp - any of various solitary wasps
family Sphecidae, Sphecidae - mud daubers; some digger wasps
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