1680s, from bee + sting (n.). Related: Bee-stung, which, of lips, is attested by 1845.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for bee-sting

Historical Examples of bee-sting

  • The hypodermic injections of bee-sting poison were then discontinued.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • The fairy inoculated him from harm with a bee-sting, and gave him to the rescued infant's mother.

    Violets and Other Tales

    Alice Ruth Moore

  • A sugarplum may help one to forget a bee-sting, but a death-thrust is another matter.

    Mary Ware in Texas

    Annie F. Johnston

  • Phil began the week by getting a bee-sting on his lip, and a bite on the cheek from a parrot that he was teasing.

    The Story of Dago

    Annie Fellows-Johnston