humblebee

humblebee

[huhm-buhl-bee]
noun Chiefly British.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English humbul-be; akin to Dutch hommel drone, German Hummelbiene kind of wild-bee, Middle Low German homelbe; probably akin to hum

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bumblebee or humblebee (ˈbʌmbəlˌbiː)
 
n
any large hairy social bee of the genus Bombus and related genera, of temperate regions: family Apidae
 
[C16: from bumble² + bee1]
 
humblebee or humblebee
 
n
 
[C16: from bumble² + bee1]

humblebee (ˈhʌmbəlˌbiː)
 
n
another name for the bumblebee
 
[C15: related to Middle Dutch hommel bumblebee, Old High German humbal; see hum]

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