bumblebee

or bum·ble bee

[buhm-buh l-bee]

noun

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

Origin of bumblebee

First recorded in 1520–30; bumble2 + bee1
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bumblebee

humblebee

noun

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

Word Origin for bumblebee

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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