mason bee definition

  • noun:
    • Any of numerous solitary bees associated with the family Megachilidae, found global, that build clay nests.
    • some of the bees of this genus Osmia, that have the practice of making compartments of mud within their nests.
    • anybody of various species of individual bees of the genus Osmia. They construct interested nests of hardened mud and sand.
    • An aculeate hymenopterous pest of one of the genera Anthophora, Osmia, Chalicodoma, and some other individuals, which build their particular nests with grains of sand agglutinated together in the shape of a viscid saliva, and fix all of them privately of wall space, etc., or avail on their own of some hole for the function. See cut under Anthophora.
    • some of many individual bees that build nests of hardened mud and sand

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