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bumblebee

or bum·ble bee

[buhm-buh l-bee]
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noun
  1. any of several large, hairy social bees of the family Apidae.
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Origin of bumblebee

First recorded in 1520–30; bumble2 + bee1
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Examples from the Web for bumblebee

Historical Examples

  • I told him you boys were over on Bumblebee hill, and how to get there.

    Shenanigans at Sugar Creek

    Paul Hutchens

  • He was forever boasting of his connection with the Bumblebee family.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • This stranger is no kin either to the Bumblebee or any other Bee family.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • And neither did the workers, nor any other member of the Bumblebee family.

    The Tale of Buster Bumblebee

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • It was true that the Bumblebee family numbered at least two hundred souls.

    The Tale of Buster Bumblebee

    Arthur Scott Bailey


British Dictionary definitions for bumblebee

bumblebee

humblebee

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

C16: from bumble ² + bee 1
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Word Origin and History for bumblebee

n.

also bumble-bee, 1520s, replacing Middle English humbul-be (altered by association with Middle English bombeln "to boom, buzz," late 14c.); echoic, from PIE echoic root *kem "to hum."

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