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.

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The Whole Foods hives join a small but growing effort trying to help in urban Boise, such as the apiary on the BSU campus and the hives at the Boise Urban Garden School. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 Although there are no regulations prohibiting beekeeping in Philadelphia, apiaries must be registered with the Department of Agriculture. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "Philly millennials are buzzing about beekeeping," 11 July 2018 Lichter-Marck also offers monthly apiary tours through Airbnb, a Beekeeping Safari through Malibu Wine Hikes, and hosts the aforementioned honey tastings after farm-to-table Saddlerock Garden Dinners in Malibu. Josh Lurie, Los Angeles Magazine, "Honey Made by Bees in Different Parts of L.A. All Tastes Wonderfully Different," 25 June 2018 On Saturday only, at 11 a.m., Wave Hill also invites teenagers to Meet the Bees (registration is required), an opportunity to don beekeepers’ equipment and peek inside the garden’s apiary for a close encounter with its 50,000 honey-making residents. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "8 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018 The apiary has been managed by a Westmont resident, and one of the four hives was painted by Clarendon Hills Montessori School students, Underleider said. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Four beehives produced 140 pounds of honey at new gardens and apiary," 18 Apr. 2018 Sourcing of ingredients: Honey from a local apiary in Livingston Parish, vegetables from local farms within 200-mile radius, and ginger and turmeric from Florida. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "2018 Eat Local Challenge: No need to go hardcore to dig in," 22 May 2018 The gardens and apiary are located on the unused 0.15-acre public road right of way. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Four beehives produced 140 pounds of honey at new gardens and apiary," 18 Apr. 2018 Charlie believes that being exposed to bees can make people better and that keeping an apiary on the roof of a church can deepen its members' sense of community. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Consider the humble honeybee," 2 Jan. 2018

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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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