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apple bee

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noun
  1. Chiefly New England. a social gathering at which apples are prepared for drying.
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Origin of apple bee

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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  • But I wanted Tabby to be clean in time for the folks to see her when we have the apple-bee, said Prue.

    Randy's Summer

    Amy Brooks

  • I think so too, said Randy and her mother together; but do you think that she would enjoy an apple-bee?

    Randy's Summer

    Amy Brooks

  • Perhaps the apple-bee would like to have you pull all the stems off these raisins, said her mother, laughing.

    Randy's Summer

    Amy Brooks

  • The letter which he had written after his return from the apple-bee he had posted early on the following morning.

    Randy's Summer

    Amy Brooks

  • And of all the merry party who laughed and sang away the hours at the apple-bee, not one possessed a happier heart than Sandy.

    Randy's Summer

    Amy Brooks