bumblebee

[buhm-buhl-bee]
noun
any of several large, hairy social bees of the family Apidae.
Also, bumble bee.


Origin:
1520–30; bumble2 + bee1

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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]

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bumblebee
1520s, replacing M.E. humbul-be, alt. by assoc. with M.E. bombeln "to boom, buzz," echoic, from PIE base *kem "to hum," echoic.
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Example sentences
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.
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