African bee

noun

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 FitzsimonsSan Diego Union Tribune4 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 CroftMerced (California) Sun-Star24 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of african bee

1835


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