: a cosmopolitan genus of gregarious but not social burrowing bees that provision the larval cells with pollen and nectar and include important pollinators of economic plants see sweat bee

Word History


New Latin, irregular from Greek halizein to gather, assemble, from halēs assembled, pressed together

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“Halictus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Halictus. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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