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British Dictionary definitions for mining bee

mining bee

noun
  1. a solitary bee of the genera Andrena and Halictus, which sometimes resemble honey bees
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Word Origin

named from their burrowing habits
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Examples from the Web for mining bee

Historical Examples

  • One species of mining-bee, not often found in England, chooses some very singular insects wherewith to feed its young.

    Insect Architecture

    James Rennie

  • Then Burl heard a shout from the direction of the mining-bee caves, and hastened toward the sound.

    The Red Dust

    Murray Leinster

  • Hidden in the remnants of its egg-casings, the brood of minute things had waited near the opening of the mining-bee tunnel.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • It happily consumes those provisions and, in time, an oil-beetle crawls out of the tunnel a mining-bee so laboriously prepared.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster