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colony collapse disorder

noun
1.
a pathological condition affecting a large number of honeybee colonies, in which various stresses may lead to the abrupt disappearance of worker bees from the hive, leaving only the queen and newly hatched bees behind and thus causing the colony to stop functioning.
Abbreviation: CCD.
Origin
2006
2006
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Contemporary definitions for colony collapse disorder
noun

the mysterious disappearance of beehives, purportedly due to an ailment of honeybees

Examples

The term Colony Collapse Disorder was originally applied to perceived disappearances of Western honey bee colonies in a minority of regions of North America in late 2006.

Word Origin

2006

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