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[huhn-ee-bee] /ˈhʌn iˌbi/
any bee that collects and stores honey, especially Apis mellifera.
Also, honey bee.
Origin of honeybee
1560-70; honey + bee1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • So it has been harder than it should have been to understand the honeybee.
  • If these honeybee blues are interpreted as they would be in dogs or horses or humans, then insects might have feelings.
  • In addition to the zebra swallowtail, other official state insects are the firefly, honeybee and ladybug.
  • The auditorium offers opportunities for bird-watching and boasts an active honeybee colony.
  • When a honeybee stings you, the barbs at the end of the stinger catch in the flesh, and the hind end of the bee rips off.
  • One of the favorite anecdotes for the don't-know-everything crowd involves the flight of the honeybee.
  • Researchers have long marveled over the dance of the honeybee.
  • Entomologists struggle to find an alternative to the vanishing honeybee.
  • honeybee genome offers clues for fighting diseases.
  • Researchers have looked into virtually all aspects of honeybee life in search of the culprit behind colony collapse.
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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