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[huhn-ee-bee] /ˈhʌn iˌbi/
any bee that collects and stores honey, especially Apis mellifera.
Origin of honeybee
1560-70; honey + bee1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Arachne gradually grew smaller and smaller, until she was no larger than a honeybee.

  • The honeybee, though abundant in the foothills, has not yet got so high.

  • Show how the honeybee's prophecy has come true, by naming the peaceful uses of iron.

  • In this way he found that the honeybee, for example, could evidently distinguish different colors.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • honeybee left her with Fanny, and then came downstairs again to smoke.

  • Once he disturbed a honeybee in the late afternoon, drunken and senseless on the fragrant flowers.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • The eggs would have been all right if they had been warmed through; but honeybee said raw egg was good for the voice.

  • Sometimes he does eat a honeybee, it is true, but it must be because he mistakes it for a large fly.

    Father Thrift and His Animal Friends Joseph Charles Sindelar
  • "Or maybe she wasn't a honeybee at all," I suggested, gloomily.

    The Jonathan Papers Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
British Dictionary definitions for honeybee


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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