apiary

noun
api·​ary | \ ˈā-pē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce apiary (audio) , -ˌe-rē \
plural apiaries

Definition of apiary

: a place where bees are kept especially : a collection of hives or colonies of bees kept for their honey

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Beekeeping, or apiculture, is the care of honeybees that ensures that they produce more honey than they can use. An apiary usually consists of many separate beehives. The social life of a hive is strange and marvelous. The queen bee, who will become the mother of an entire colony, is actually created by being fed "royal jelly" while she is still only a larva. The tens of thousands of worker bees are underdeveloped females; only a handful of the bees are male, and they do no work at all. The workers defend the hive by kamikaze means, stinging any intruder and dying as they do so. There's more drama in a quiet-looking apiary than the casual observer might notice.

Examples of apiary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hotel belongs to the Bee Network, individual and corporate properties that partner with the Bee Squad to host on-site apiaries across the Twin Cities. Sunny Fitzgerald, Twin Cities, "A sweet deal for hotels: Hosting honeybees," 2 Oct. 2019 The apiary was inside a sealed tent, where scientists monitored the hives’ temperature, humidity, and hive weight, among other things. Wired, "Bees, Please: Stop Dying in Your Martian Simulator," 29 Oct. 2019 Ratchen’s field of 39 vegetable varieties is one of the first signs of the farm’s new incarnation, along with an apiary of 25 colorful beehives. Washington Post, "A model of modern sustainable agriculture – with a nudge from Thomas Jefferson," 9 Oct. 2019 The resort can also curate oyster-harvesting experiences at a local farm and tours of a nearby apiary with the on-staff horticulturalist and beekeeping expert. Louise Hart, Town & Country, "4 International Itineraries for a Vacation Fit for a Royal," 7 Nov. 2019 The hotel belongs to the Bee Network, individual and corporate properties that partner with the Bee Squad to host on-site apiaries across the Twin Cities. Sunny Fitzgerald, Twin Cities, "A sweet deal for hotels: Hosting honeybees," 2 Oct. 2019 The hotel belongs to the Bee Network, individual and corporate properties that partner with the Bee Squad to host on-site apiaries across the Twin Cities. Sunny Fitzgerald, Washington Post, "Hotels make room for honeybee colonies to create buzz about at-risk pollinators," 27 Sep. 2019 The council also approved a coastal development permit for the farm to expand an existing apiary to include up to 30 beehives. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Bluebird Canyon Farms can host more events, expand its apiary after Laguna council denies neighbors’ appeal," 11 Sep. 2019 Keaja Smith patted the dirt around her basil, oregano, parsley, tomato, onion and cantaloupe plants as bees buzzed around from the nearby apiary. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "West Side teens become ‘plant experts’ for Garfield Park Conservatory through Chicago’s Urban Roots program: ‘You see their confidence build'," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of apiary

1654, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apiary

Latin apiarium, from apis bee

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The first known use of apiary was in 1654

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24 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Apiary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apiary. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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