or hon·ey bee



any bee that collects and stores honey, especially Apis mellifera.

Origin of honeybee

First recorded in 1560–70; honey + bee1
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Contemporary Examples of honeybee

  • The federal government plans to spend up to $80 million to fund research in connection with honeybee depopulation syndrome.

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    The Caviar of Condiments Under Threat

    Katie Workman

    September 15, 2009

Historical Examples of honeybee

British Dictionary definitions for honeybee



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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