Definition of beehive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbēˌhīv/


1A structure in which bees are kept, typically in the form of a dome or box.
Example sentences
  • Think about the concentric pattern of honey, pollen, and brood that arises on the honey combs of a beehive.
  • Her grandfather was a successful farmer who owned potato fields, beehives, and a few head of cattle.
  • However, the ideal places for establishing bee colonies were locations where the farm pesticide use was low, and where there were several beehives in the wild.
1.1 [usually as modifier] Something having the domed shape of a traditional wicker beehive: beehive huts beehive ovens
More example sentences
  • Whole ears of fresh blue corn are baked in their traditional outdoor beehive ovens for 15 minutes or so and then eaten warm.
  • Bells were made either from folding a sheet of iron or bronze into a square or round beehive shape and fixing it with rivets, or by casting a similar shape in bronze.
  • One shoe and a boot were uncovered during work on the building, which also revealed a beehive oven and fire hole that experts believe are part of an even older house on the site.
1.2A busy, crowded place: the church became a beehive of activity
More example sentences
  • The city, usually a busy place became a beehive of activity.
  • Today, it is a beehive of activity, trade, fishermen and villagers, amidst the scenic beauty.
  • But each time is still cause for hectic work schedules and adjusting to seeing the quaint, quiet community transformed into a beehive of activity.
1.3 (the Beehive or the Beehive cluster) another term for Praesepe.
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2A woman’s domed and lacquered hairstyle, especially popular in the 1960s.
Example sentences
  • Then it was sprayed into a solid beehive or bouffant helmet that sometimes flowed into curls, waves or a tight flip at the ends.
  • At the house, the groom meets the bride - her hair lacquered into an enormous beehive, a spray of pearls emerging from one side of it, six roses from the other.
  • His aide's balding head surfaced just behind Tina, bobbing up and down as he tried to see over her latest hairdo, a beehive laced with glittering red-and-green honeybees.



sense 2.
Example sentences
  • She went as a sixties ‘chick'. Y'know the kind of thing, black and white mini-dress with keyhole, long hair slightly beehived, knee-length boots etc.
  • When the beehived percussionist moves one fist around in a circle, wooden baton pointed skyward, she looks less like a heavy-metal majorette and more like she needs to stir her way out of a giant vat of pudding.
  • He then got stuffed into a sequinned baby-suit and was made to dance for middle-aged businessmen and their beehived wives.

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Syllabification: bee·hive

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