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or honey bee

[huhn-ee-bee] /ˈhʌn iˌbi/
any bee that collects and stores honey, especially Apis mellifera.
Origin of honeybee
First recorded in 1560-70; honey + bee1 Unabridged
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  • On this account the honey-bee is called white man's fly by the Indians.

  • But neither cup nor mug will pass, Without his honey-bee, sir!

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The sweetest smelling flower is that which is nearest—so sings the honey-bee.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • The pain inflicted is about the same as that caused by the sting of the honey-bee.

  • Of these I beg, should they have little children, that they will tell them about my honey-bee.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • She was like a mother to George, and she made no difference between him and honey-bee.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • But as honey-bee made hers very badly, George struck her fingers with his spade.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • George was proud, and he was conscious of the humiliation with which honey-bee covered him.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • After they had passed the postern, honey-bee again asked where they were going.

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
  • When they had been walking some time, said honey-bee, "I am thirsty."

    Honey-Bee Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for honey-bee


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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Word Origin and History for honey-bee

also honeybee, 1560s, from honey (n.) + bee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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