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


Medical Dictionary

Africanized bee

noun Af·ri·can·ized bee \ ˌaf-ri-kə-ˌnīzd- \

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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