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bumblebee

or bumble bee

[buhm-buh l-bee] /ˈbʌm bəlˌbi/
noun
1.
any of several large, hairy social bees of the family Apidae.
Origin of bumblebee
1520-1530
1520-30; bumble2 + bee1
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  • So he made excellent time to the bumblebee home, where he found Buster bumblebee and gave him his invitation.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly Arthur Scott Bailey
  • I told him you boys were over on bumblebee hill, and how to get there.

  • It certainly looked as if the bumblebee family had met with ill fortune.

    The Tale of Buster Bumblebee Arthur Scott Bailey
  • He was forever boasting of his connection with the bumblebee family.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly Arthur Scott Bailey
  • And instead of going straight to the fence-corner, Johnnie made at once for the bumblebee family's front door.

    The Tale of Buster Bumblebee Arthur Scott Bailey
  • This stranger is no kin either to the bumblebee or any other Bee family.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Early in the spring Mrs. bumblebee starts out house-hunting.

    Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • It was true that the bumblebee family numbered at least two hundred souls.

    The Tale of Buster Bumblebee Arthur Scott Bailey
  • He had led her to the doorway of the bumblebee family, who were all sound asleep inside their crowded house.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • And neither did the workers, nor any other member of the bumblebee family.

    The Tale of Buster Bumblebee Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for bumblebee

bumblebee

/ˈbʌmbəlˌbiː/
noun
1.
any large hairy social bee of the genus Bombus and related genera, of temperate regions: family Apidae
Word Origin
C16: from bumble² + bee1
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Word Origin and History for bumblebee
n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for bumblebee

bumblebee

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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