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bee

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noun \ˈbē\

Definition of bee

  1. 1 :  any of numerous hymenopterous insects (superfamily Apoidea) that differ from the related wasps especially in the heavier hairier body and in having sucking as well as chewing mouthparts, that feed on pollen and nectar, and that store both and often also honey — see africanized bee, bumblebee, carpenter bee, honeybee, sweat bee

  2. 2 :  an eccentric notion :  fancy

bee·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
bee in one's bonnet
  1. :  1bee 2



Origin of bee

Middle English, from Old English bēo; akin to Old High German bīa bee, Old Irish bech, Lithuanian bitis


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Insect Terms

Rhymes with bee

b, be, c, cay, cee, Cree, d, dee, Dee, dree, e, fee, flea, flee, free, g, gee, ghee, glee, gree, he, key, Key, knee, lea, lee, me, mi, p, pea, pee, plea, pree, quay, re, Rhee, scree, sea, see, she, si, ski, spree, sri, t, tea, tee, the, thee, three, ti, tree, twee, Twi, v, vee, we, wee, whee, ye, z, zee


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bee

noun

Definition of bee

  1. :  the letter b



14th Century

First Known Use of bee

14th century

Other Alphabet Terms


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bee

noun

Definition of bee

  1. :  a gathering of people for a specific purpose <a quilting bee>



Origin of bee

perhaps from English dialect been help given by neighbors, from Middle English bene prayer, boon, from Old English bēn prayer — more at boon


First Known Use: 1769


BEE

abbreviation

Definition of BEE

  1. bachelor of electrical engineering




Medical Dictionary

bee

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noun \ˈbē\

Medical Definition of bee

  1. :  honeybee; broadly :  any of numerous hymenopteran insects (superfamily Apoidea) that differ from the related wasps especially in the heavier hairier body and in having sucking as well as chewing mouthparts, that feed on pollen and nectar, and that store both and often also honey—see africanized bee






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