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bumblebee

[buhm-buh l-bee] /ˈbʌm bəlˌbi/
noun
1.
any of several large, hairy social bees of the family Apidae.
Also, bumble bee.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; bumble2 + bee1
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British Dictionary definitions for bumble bee

bumblebee

/ˈbʌmbəlˌbiː/
noun
1.
any large hairy social bee of the genus Bombus and related genera, of temperate regions: family Apidae
Word Origin
C16: from bumble² + bee1
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Word Origin and History for bumble bee

bumblebee

n.

also bumble-bee, 1520s, replacing Middle English humbul-be (altered by association with Middle English bombeln "to boom, buzz," late 14c.); echoic, from PIE echoic root *kem "to hum."

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Slang definitions & phrases for bumble bee

bumblebee

Related Terms

knee-high to a grasshopper


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