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honeybee

or honey bee

[huhn-ee-bee] /ˈhʌn iˌbi/
noun
1.
any bee that collects and stores honey, especially Apis mellifera.
Origin of honeybee
1560-1570
1560-70; honey + bee1
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  • On this account the honey-bee is called white man's fly by the Indians.

  • The pain inflicted is about the same as that caused by the sting of the honey-bee.

  • All the members of a pack of wolves or of a honey-bee community belong to a single species.

  • She was like a mother to George, and she made no difference between him and honey-bee.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • He made a bed of moss for honey-bee under a willow on the edge of the lake, and then he left her.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • George was proud, and he was conscious of the humiliation with which honey-bee covered him.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • Directly opposite was the house of honey-bee, a house or rather a cottage of one room all hung with white muslin.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • When they had been walking some time, said honey-bee, "I am thirsty."

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • To appreciate the value of the honey-bee one must get this book and read it attentively.

  • He cut innumerable capers as he laid this supper at the feet of honey-bee.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for honey-bee

honeybee

/ˈhʌnɪˌbiː/
noun
1.
any of various social honey-producing bees of the genus Apis, esp A. mellifera, which has been widely domesticated as a source of honey and beeswax Also called hive bee
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Word Origin and History for honey-bee
n.

also honeybee, 1560s, from honey (n.) + bee.

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