any of numerous bees, as the leaf-cutting bees, that do not live in a community.
What Does The “Bee” In Spelling Bee Mean Exactly?By the late eighteenth century, bee had become commonly referred to the joining of neighbors to work on a single activity to help a neighbor in need
Compare social bee.
Origin of solitary bee
First recorded in 1820–30
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