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humblebee

[huhm-buh l-bee]
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noun Chiefly British.
  1. bumblebee.

Origin of humblebee

1400–50; late Middle English humbul-be; akin to Dutch hommel drone, German Hummelbiene kind of wild-bee, Middle Low German homelbe; probably akin to hum
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Examples from the Web for humblebee

Historical Examples

  • Humblebee and whortleberry for people that say Woos-ses-ter and Nor-wich.

    The Poet at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • In the humblebee the tongue is longer, and it could more easily moisten the hind legs in the way suggested.

  • A humblebee, a wild bee that makes a great noise, S. Bumble-bee, id.

  • A humblebee from the Square Garden boomed in and buzzed idly round the room.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy


British Dictionary definitions for humblebee

humblebee

noun
  1. another name for the bumblebee

Word Origin

C15: related to Middle Dutch hommel bumblebee, Old High German humbal; see hum
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