bee tree



a hollow tree used by wild bees as a hive, especially the basswood or American linden.

Origin of bee tree

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bee tree

Historical Examples of bee tree

  • He knew a way of finding B, and the bee-tree as well, and he went about it at once.

    The Desert Home

    Mayne Reid

  • He learned the sweets of a bee-tree, and how a bear must go to work to attain them.

    The Watchers of the Trails

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • Yes, when I reach a certain spring, and a bee-tree on the Kentucky River.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

  • The only feat comparable to it is the discovery of a bee-tree.

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • His present whim was to descend the bee-tree and journey over to the clearing.

    The Kindred of the Wild

    Charles G. D. Roberts