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carpenter bee

noun
1.
any of several solitary bees of the family Apidae that nest in solid wood, boring tunnels in which to deposit their eggs.
Origin of carpenter bee
1830-1840
1830-40
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  • I'll ask the carpenter bee if he's building a house for her.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The carpenter bee, who lived in the big poplar by the brook, wasn't building a house for Mrs. Ladybug.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • So he went to the big poplar by the brook, where the carpenter bee lived.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Where you see the carpenter bee you always see these bee flies waiting for the bee to go away from home.

    Book of Monsters David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
British Dictionary definitions for carpenter bee

carpenter bee

noun
1.
any large solitary bee of the genus Xylocopa and related genera that lays its eggs in tunnels bored into wood or in plant stems: family Apidae
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