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apiary

[ey-pee-er-ee]
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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.
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Origin of apiary

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

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British Dictionary definitions for apiary

apiary

noun plural -aries
  1. a place where bees are kept, usually in beehives
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin apiārium from apis bee
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Word Origin and History for apiary

n.

1650s, from Latin apiarium "beehouse, beehive," neuter of apiarius "of bees," from apis "bee," a mystery word unrelated to any similar words in other Indo-European languages. A borrowing from Semitic has been proposed.

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