carpenter bee

  1. 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

Words Nearby carpenter bee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use carpenter bee in a sentence

  • There is a big carpenter-bee that makes its doors of chips of wood, usually neatly glued together.

    Little Busybodies | Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • The violet carpenter-bee is, perhaps, the most interesting example we can select.

  • Where you see the carpenter bee you always see these bee flies waiting for the bee to go away from home.

    Book of Monsters | David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • So he went to the big poplar by the brook, where the carpenter bee lived.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug | Arthur Scott Bailey
  • With the point of a fine needle, I inject a tiny drop of ammonia at the base of the skull of a Carpenter-bee or a Grasshopper.

    The Life of the Spider | J. Henri Fabre

British Dictionary definitions for carpenter bee

carpenter bee

  1. 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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