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humble-bee

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌmb(ə)lbiː
 
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Definition of humble-bee in English:

noun

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.

Origin

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

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