Definition of beehive in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbiːhʌɪv


  • 1A box-like or dome-shaped structure in which bees are kept.
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    • 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 beehive: a beehive hut
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    • 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.
  • 1.2 (the Beehive) another term for Praesepe.
  • 2A woman’s domed and lacquered hairstyle popular in the 1960s.
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    • 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.



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  • 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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