Another term for bumblebee.
- 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' + bē 'bee'.
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