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beehive

[bee-hahyv] /ˈbiˌhaɪv/
noun
1.
a habitation or dwelling-place constructed for bees, usually either dome-shaped or box-shaped.
2.
a natural habitation of bees, as a hollowed-out tree.
3.
a crowded, busy place.
4.
something resembling an artificial beehive in appearance, as a hut or hairdo.
5.
Also called beehive oven. an oven for converting coal into coke, characterized by its dome-shaped roof.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; see bee1, hive
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British Dictionary definitions for beehive-oven

beehive

/ˈbiːˌhaɪv/
noun
1.
a man-made receptacle used to house a swarm of bees
2.
a dome-shaped hair style in which the hair is piled high on the head
3.
a place where busy people are assembled

Beehive

/ˈbiːˌhaɪv/
noun (informal) the Beehive
1.
the dome-shaped building that houses sections of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand
2.
the New Zealand government
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Word Origin and History for beehive-oven

beehive

n.

early 14c., from bee + hive (n.). As the name of a hairstyle, attested from 1960 (the style itself said to be popular from 1958). As the name of a star cluster in the constellation Cancer, from 1840 (see Praesepe).

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Encyclopedia Article for beehive-oven

Beehive

((catalog numbers NGC 2632 and M 44), open, or galactic, cluster of several hundred stars in the zodiacal constellation Cancer and located 590 light-years from Earth. Visible to the unaided eye as a small patch of bright haze, it was first distinguished as a group of stars by Galileo. It was included by Hipparchus in the earliest known star catalog, c. 129 BC.

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