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View synonyms for bumblebee

bumblebee

or bum·ble bee

[ buhm-buhl-bee ]

noun

  1. any of several large, hairy social bees bee of the family Apidae.


bumblebee

/ ˈbʌmbəlˌbiː /

noun

  1. any large hairy social bee of the genus Bombus and related genera, of temperate regions: family Apidae


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bumblebee1

First recorded in 1520–30; bumble 2 + bee 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bumblebee1

C16: from bumble ² + bee 1
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Example Sentences

This past summer, my wife and I ventured to an area near Mount Adams in southwestern Washington state to census bumblebees.

Survey participants choose a territory where they capture and photograph bumblebees on two occasions.

When bumblebees snip little confetti-like bits out of a plant’s leaves, the bees can prompt a slowpoke plant to bloom early.

Then the researchers trapped the bumblebees with nonblooming plants.

Here’s a tip for bumblebees to get a slowpoke plant to bloom early.

But Buster Bumblebee—though he watched everything very closely—hadn't the slightest idea what they were doing.

But Buster Bumblebee did not find anything that really pleased him until he paused at a fat sugar-bowl.

And Buster Bumblebee had just made up his mind that the whole affair was very dull!

Whenever this merry musician played all alone like that Buster Bumblebee stayed close by him in order to hear better.

As soon as he had made up his mind on that point Buster Bumblebee blustered back to old dog Spot once more.

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