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beehive

[ bee-hahyv ]
/ ˈbiˌhaɪv /
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noun

a habitation or dwelling-place constructed for bees, usually either dome-shaped or box-shaped.
a natural habitation of bees, as a hollowed-out tree.
a crowded, busy place.
something resembling an artificial beehive in appearance, as a hut or hairdo.
Also called beehive oven. an oven for converting coal into coke, characterized by its dome-shaped roof.

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Origin of beehive

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at bee1, hive
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British Dictionary definitions for beehive (1 of 2)

beehive

/ (ˈbiːˌhaɪv) /

noun

a man-made receptacle used to house a swarm of bees
a dome-shaped hair style in which the hair is piled high on the head
a place where busy people are assembled

British Dictionary definitions for beehive (2 of 2)

Beehive

/ (ˈbiːˌhaɪv) /

noun the Beehive informal

the dome-shaped building that houses sections of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand
the New Zealand government
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Word Origin and History for beehive

beehive


n.

early 14c., from bee + hive (n.). As the name of a hairstyle, attested from 1960 (the style itself said to be popular from 1958). As the name of a star cluster in the constellation Cancer, from 1840 (see Praesepe).

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