African bee


Definition of African bee

1 : a honeybee native to Africa specifically : one (Apis melliferascutellata) native to sub-Saharan Africa that aggressively defends its hive and was introduced into Brazil in the 1950s where it subsequently hybridized with the European honeybee to produce Africanized bees Scientists wanted a bee that … could tolerate the tropical climate, like the African bee. — Elizabeth Fitzsimons, San Diego Union Tribune, 4 Oct. 2002
2 : africanized bee Southern California is beginning to see an increase of African bees, and beekeepers all over the state are on the front lines of defense …— Debbie Croft, Merced (California) Sun-Star, 24 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of African bee

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“African bee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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