honeybee

or hon·ey bee

[huhn-ee-bee]

Origin of honeybee

First recorded in 1560–70; honey + bee1
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honeybee

noun
  1. any of various social honey-producing bees of the genus Apis, esp A. mellifera, which has been widely domesticated as a source of honey and beeswaxAlso called: hive bee
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Word Origin and History for honey-bee
n.

also honeybee, 1560s, from honey (n.) + bee.

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