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[buhm-buh l-bee] /ˈbʌm bəlˌbi/
any of several large, hairy social bees of the family Apidae.
Also, bumble bee.
Origin of bumblebee
1520-30; bumble2 + bee1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bumblebee
  • The presenter, in a bright red sweatshirt, is demonstrating how to construct a cardboard cut-out bumblebee.
  • But big as a bumblebee skimming flowers in the garden.
  • Her owners expect that she will be able to forage for food, as she recently captured and ate a bumblebee for a snack.
  • When they let the bumblebee foragers loose on the array, the insects showed a preference for visiting the blue flowers.
  • Some notable bumblebee species are rarely seen anymore, with others becoming increasingly scarce.
  • Losses were reported among four species of native bumblebee as well.
  • The traveling bumblebee needs to visit a number of flowers everyday, while expending as little energy as possible.
  • But then a bumblebee bumbled above us and it stole our attention the way flying things can.
  • In theory, a car can no more drift around a corner than a bumblebee can fly.
British Dictionary definitions for bumblebee


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 bumblebee

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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