Definition of mason bee in English:

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mason bee


A solitary bee that nests in cavities within which it constructs cells of sand and other particles glued together with saliva.
  • Osmia and other genera, family Apidae.
Example sentences
  • We investigated the effects of distance and flower density of two flower species on pollen collection by providing nest locations for the mason bee Osmia lignaria in natural settings.
  • It's easy to make a mason bee house by drilling holes into a block of untreated wood.
  • Here, beekeepers in a Herefordshire, England, orchard use smoke to subdue a hive, mostly likely a species of mason bee.

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Syllabification: ma·son bee

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