[ ey-pee-er-ee ]
/ ˈeɪ piˌɛr i /

noun, plural a·pi·ar·ies.

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.


Nearby words

  1. apia,
  2. apiaceous,
  3. apian,
  4. apiarian,
  5. apiarist,
  6. apical,
  7. apical dental foramen,
  8. apical dominance,
  9. apical gland,
  10. apical granuloma

Origin of apiary

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

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/ (ˈeɪpɪərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

a place where bees are kept, usually in beehives

Word Origin for apiary

C17: from Latin apiārium from apis bee

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Word Origin and History for apiary



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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