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bee British & World English

A stinging winged insect which collects nectar and pollen, produces wax and honey, and lives in large communities

bee English Thesaurus

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honeybee in bee British & World English

A stinging winged insect which collects nectar and pollen, produces wax and honey, and lives in large communities

bee fly British & World English

A squat, hairy bee-like fly that hovers to feed from flowers using its long tongue. Its larvae typically parasitize other insects, especially bees and wasps

bee balm British & World English

Another term for sweet bergamot (see bergamot).

bee bread British & World English

Honey or pollen used as food by bees

bee dance British & World English

Another term for waggle dance.

bee-eater British & World English

A brightly coloured insectivorous bird with a large head and a long downcurved bill, typically having long central tail feathers

bee louse British & World English

A minute fly which is a parasite of honeybees, the larvae feeding on wax and stored pollen

bee-stung British & World English

(Of a woman’s lips) full, red, and pouting

bee tree British & World English

A hollow tree used by bees for a hive

busy bee British & World English

An industrious person

mason bee British & World English

A solitary bee which lays its eggs in cavities, constructing cells of sand and other particles glued together with saliva

queen bee British & World English

The single reproductive female in a hive or colony of honeybees

bee beetle British & World English

A hairy yellowish chafer with broad black stripes, which flies by day and is typically seen on flowers

bee orchid British & World English

A European orchid with a flower that resembles a bee

cuckoo bee British & World English

A bee which lays its eggs in the nest of another kind of bee, the young being raised and fed by the host

humble-bee British & World English

Another term for bumblebee.

killer bee British & World English

An Africanized honeybee

mining bee British & World English

A solitary bee that builds long underground tunnels containing nest chambers

bee hawkmoth British & World English

A small day-flying hawkmoth with partly transparent wings, resembling a bumblebee and hovering at flowers to feed

carpenter bee British & World English

A large solitary black bee with purplish wings, which nests in tunnels bored in dead wood or plant stems

spelling bee British & World English

A spelling competition

leafcutter bee British & World English

A solitary bee which cuts pieces from leaves, typically of roses, and uses them to construct cells in its nest

the bee's knees British & World English

An outstandingly good person or thing

have a bee in one's bonnet British & World English

Be preoccupied or obsessed with something

hive bee in bee British & World English

A stinging winged insect which collects nectar and pollen, produces wax and honey, and lives in large communities

beehive British & World English

A box-like or dome-shaped structure in which bees are kept

beeline British & World English

A straight line between two places

scout bee in scout1 British & World English

A honeybee that searches for a new site for a swarm to settle or for a new food source

beekeeping British & World English

The occupation of owning and breeding bees for their honey

beestings British & World English

The first milk produced by a cow or goat after giving birth

bumblebee British & World English

A large hairy social bee which flies with a loud hum, living in small colonies in holes underground

bee balm in balm British & World English

Used in names of other aromatic herbs of the mint family, e.g. bee balm

the bee's knees in bee British & World English

An outstandingly good person or thing

native bee in native British & World English

Used in names of animals or plants resembling others familiar elsewhere, e.g. native bee

humble-bee in bumblebee New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(one word; not humble-bee (archaic))

have a bee in one's bonnet in bee British & World English

Be preoccupied or obsessed with something


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