carpenter bee



any of several solitary bees of the family Apidae that nest in solid wood, boring tunnels in which to deposit their eggs.

Origin of carpenter bee

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for carpenter bee

Historical Examples of carpenter bee

  • The majority refuse to fling themselves upon the Carpenter-bee.

  • I first tried the effects of the bite upon the Carpenter-bee.

  • After obtaining the dwelling, the Carpenter-bee behaves like the Osmia who is in possession of a reed.

  • We have recently watched a precisely similar procedure in the instance of a carpenter-bee forming a cell in a wooden post.

  • I put the bottle baited with a Carpenter-bee upside down over her door.

    Insect Adventures

    J. Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for carpenter bee

carpenter bee


any large solitary bee of the genus Xylocopa and related genera that lays its eggs in tunnels bored into wood or in plant stems: family Apidae
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