African bee

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of African bee was in 1835

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“African bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/African%20bee. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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