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[bee-kee-per] /ˈbiˌki pər/
a person who raises honeybees; apiculturist.
Origin of beekeeper
First recorded in 1810-20; bee1 + keeper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For Alick had a little wife who was an expert market-gardener and beekeeper.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • The bees do not fly in the same way, the smell and the sound that meet the beekeeper are not the same.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Given three pure Italian queens to start with, a beekeeper may easily re-queen his whole bee-yard in the course of a year.

  • The beekeeper opens the lower part of the hive and peers in.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • If not already done the beekeeper should at once make his final preparations towards a successful wintering of bees.

  • The beekeeper opens the upper part of the hive and examines the super.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • What kinds of flowers should the beekeeper provide for his bees?

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
British Dictionary definitions for beekeeper


a person who keeps bees for their honey; apiarist
Derived Forms
beekeeping, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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