or bum·ble bee
- any of several large, hairy social bees of the family Apidae.
Origin of bumblebee
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Examples from the Web for bumblebee
I told him you boys were over on Bumblebee hill, and how to get there.Shenanigans at Sugar Creek
He was forever boasting of his connection with the Bumblebee family.
This stranger is no kin either to the Bumblebee or any other Bee family.
And neither did the workers, nor any other member of the Bumblebee family.
It was true that the Bumblebee family numbered at least two hundred souls.
- any large hairy social bee of the genus Bombus and related genera, of temperate regions: family Apidae
C16: from bumble ² + bee 1
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Word Origin and History for bumblebee
also bumble-bee, 1520s, replacing Middle English humbul-be (altered by association with Middle English bombeln "to boom, buzz," late 14c.); echoic, from PIE echoic root *kem "to hum."
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