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carpenter bee

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
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • carpenter bee nests are provisioned in the spring and summer.
  • With its relatively simple construction, this carpenter bee trap is unusually effective.
British Dictionary definitions for carpenter bee

carpenter bee

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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