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waggle dance

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Definition of waggle dance in English:

noun

A waggling movement performed by a honeybee at the hive or nest, to indicate to other bees the direction and distance of a source of food.
Example sentences
  • Finally, at the furthest distances from the nest, a waggle dance is performed.
  • We observe biological examples ranging from the foraging bee's waggle dance to the genetic code.
  • The scientists watched the waggle dance occurring in a glass observation hive and identified recruits.

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Pronunciation: ˌtəːpsɪkəˈriːən
adjective
relating to dancing