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bee tree

a hollow tree used by wild bees as a hive, especially the basswood or American linden.
Origin of bee tree
1775-85, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • That's a good way to do with a bee-tree or a woodchuck hole.

  • He knew a way of finding B, and the bee-tree as well, and he went about it at once.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • And in a hollow log, not far from the bee-tree on the knoll, he found himself a new home, small and solitary.

    The Kindred of the Wild Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He learned the sweets of a bee-tree, and how a bear must go to work to attain them.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • I'll run down there and see if it is really a bee-tree that he has found.

    What Might Have Been Expected Frank R. Stockton
  • The only feat comparable to it is the discovery of a bee-tree.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • "Guess there's a bee-tree somewhere around here, from the way the bees are buzzin'," said Si.

  • His present whim was to descend the bee-tree and journey over to the clearing.

    The Kindred of the Wild Charles G. D. Roberts
  • In "taking up" a bee-tree it is usual first to kill or stupefy the bees with the fumes of burning sulfur or with tobacco smoke.

  • The bee-tree was the bone of contention, and it was well worth a fight.

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