Definition of bumblebee in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəmbəlˌbē/


A large hairy bee with a loud hum, living in small colonies in holes underground.
  • Genus Bombus, family Apidae: many species.
Example sentences
  • The mites don't affect other bee pollinators, such as bumblebees and leaf-cutting bees.
  • It lunges at anything small enough to eat that passes in front of its nose, mostly grasshoppers, but also bumblebees, moths, and sometimes its own young.
  • Then they waited to see which shape - hypertubular or flared - was more attractive to bumblebees and ants.

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Syllabification: bum·ble·bee

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