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[ey-pee-uh n]
  1. of or relating to bees.
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Origin of apian

1860–65; < Latin api(s) bee + -an; compare Latin apiānus muscat
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Historical Examples of apian

  • Abstract ideas are not likely to play a large part in apian consciousness.

    The Evolutionist at Large

    Grant Allen

  • Apian silences one of his crew who attempts to mock at the unhappy wretches.

    Frdric Mistral

    Charles Alfred Downer

  • He found also that the comet of 1531, whose course had been particularly observed by Apian, moved in the same path.

    Comets and Meteors

    Daniel Kirkwood

  • The canoe was loaded down to the gunwale with the weight of fish—fish that the lazy, loafing Apian natives caught but rarely.

  • Apian continued to maunder over the Ptolemaic theory and astrology in his lecture-room.

British Dictionary definitions for apian


  1. of, relating to, or resembling bees
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Word Origin for apian

C19: from Latin apiānus, from apis bee
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