from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various solitary vespid wasps, especially of the subfamily Eumeninae, that build nests of mud.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An aculeate hymenopterous insect of the genus Odynerus, family Vespidæ; a kind of solitary wasp: so called from the ingenuity with which it constructs its habitations in the sand, in the plaster of walls, etc. O. murarius is an example.

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  • noun A potter wasp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun solitary wasp that constructs nests of hardened mud or clay for the young
  • noun any of various solitary wasps that construct nests of hardened mud for their young


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