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solitary bee

any of numerous bees, as the leaf-cutting bees, that do not live in a community.
Compare social bee.
Origin of solitary bee
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Buzzing around me, as if seeking some companionship on that lonely bluff, was a solitary bee.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • One kind of solitary bee, for example, builds in empty snail-shells, and another in small hollows like keyholes.

  • The cells are provisioned like those of any other solitary bee with pollen, etc., and the egg is laid upon it.

    Wild Bees, Wasps and Ants Edward Saunders
  • He once saw with delight "a solitary bee nipping a leaf round till it exactly fitted the front of a hole."

    Robert Browning C. H. Herford
  • Their eyes fell, at the same moment, upon one solitary bee that was standing upon the inside of the flower-pot.

    Rollo's Experiments Jacob Abbott

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