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noun,plural a·pi·ar·ies.
  1. a place in which a colony or colonies of bees are kept, as a stand or shed for beehives or a bee house containing a number of beehives.

Origin of apiary

1645–55; <Latin apiārium beehive, equivalent to api(s) bee + -ārium-ary

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How to use apiary in a sentence

  • At first I liked to sit for hours in the apiary all alone and listen to their humming for hours together.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales | Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • If there are no small trees near the apiary, place bushes, upon which the bees will usually light, when they come out.

    Soil Culture | J. H. Walden
  • In the apiary it was so comfortable, so pleasant, so warm, so free!

    A Russian Proprietor | Lyof N. Tolstoi
  • I have not yet forgotten the first apiary I saw, where I learned to love the bees.

    The Life of the Bee | Maurice Maeterlinck

British Dictionary definitions for apiary


/ (ˈeɪpɪərɪ) /

nounplural -aries
  1. a place where bees are kept, usually in beehives

Origin of apiary

C17: from Latin apiārium from apis bee

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