American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various small black and yellow solitary wasps of the genus Eumenes, characteristically building pot-shaped nests of clay. See Regional Note at mud dauber.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wasp of one of the genera Odynerus, Eumenes, etc., which builds mud cells in any convenient cylindrical cavity, such as a hollow reed, an accidentally folded paper, or the hole in a spool. O. flavipes and E. fraterna are good examples.
- n. A group of wasps in the subfamily Eumeninae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) a small solitary wasp (Eumenes fraternal) which constructs a globular nest of mud and sand in which it deposits insect larvæ, such as cankerworms, as food for its young.
- n. See under Potter.
- n. any of various solitary wasps that construct vase-shaped cells of mud for their eggs
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