Africanized bee

noun

Definition of Africanized bee

: a honeybee that originated in Brazil as an accidental hybrid between an aggressive African subspecies (Apis mellifera scutellata) and previously established European honeybees and has spread to Mexico and the southernmost U.S. by breeding with local bees producing populations retaining most of the African bee's traits

called also Africanized honeybee, killer bee

First Known Use of Africanized bee

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Africanized bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Africanized%20bee. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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Africanized bee

noun
Af·​ri·​can·​ized bee | \ ˌaf-ri-kə-ˌnīzd- How to pronounce Africanized bee (audio) \

Medical Definition of Africanized bee

: a honeybee that originated in Brazil as an accidental hybrid between an aggressive African subspecies (Apis mellifera scutellata) and previously established European honeybees and has spread to Mexico and the southernmost United States by breeding with local bees producing populations retaining most of the African bee's traits

called also Africanized honeybee, killer bee

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