: a sacred bull worshipped by the ancient Egyptians

Examples of Apis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Surprising selection In a study published February 29 in the journal Current Biology, scientists cataloged the spread of Asian honey bees (Apis cerana) in Australia, and analyzed the invasive populations’ genetic journey. Popular Science, 29 Feb. 2024 The Asian honey bee (Apis cerana), however, has evolved to be the hornets’ natural enemy. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2023 As a species, the Western honeybee (Apis mellifera) is millions of years old. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 No Mow May means one less chore this spring that could help feed bees Honeybees Honeybees, scientifically known as Apis Mellifera, are native to Europe. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2023 Each episode focuses on a different endangered species, such as Apis mellifera (Western honey bee) and Panthera tigris (tiger). Julia MacCary, Variety, 22 Apr. 2023 The organization is currently fundraising $2.6 million to acquire two 3D building machines made by Apis Cor, aiming to reach their goal by the fall. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2023 With the robotic system, the researchers studied three colonies of European honeybee (Apis mellifera) non-intrusively during the winter months of 2020 and 2021. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Apr. 2023 The western honey bee (Apis mellifera) has no natural defenses against the killer hornet. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Latin, from Greek, from Egyptian ḥp

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Apis was in the 14th century

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“Apis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Apis. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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