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apian

Syllabification: a·pi·an
Pronunciation: /ˈāpēən
 
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Definition of apian in English:

adjective

[attributive]
Of or relating to bees.
Example sentences
  • Critics borrowed the apian metaphor from Seneca's eighty-fourth letter to Lucilius, ‘On Gathering Ideas.’
  • My bees were living in the very best apian luxury and they refused to come out of the hive to pollinate the flowers in my garden and make honey.
  • Jones also fills the text with knowledgeable references to bee-keeping and the apian colony as utopian ideal.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin apianus, from apis 'bee'.

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