Definition of humble-bee in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəmb(ə)lbē/


Another term for bumblebee.
Example sentences
  • In a famous passage of the Origin of Species he described how red clover plants depended upon humble-bees for pollination.
  • Among the humble-bees, for instance, the workers do not dream of renouncing love, whereas our domestic bee lives in a state of perpetual chastity.
  • Some hive-bees seem to use the holes made by the humble-bees.


Late Middle English: probably from Middle Low German hummelbē, from hummel 'to buzz' + 'bee'.

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Syllabification: hum·ble-bee

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