bee fly


: any of a family (Bombyliidae) of dipteran flies many of which resemble bees

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ford, when talking to reporters, had a bee fly into his mouth mid-sentence. Mark Heim |, al, 15 Aug. 2022 After each correct choice, the bee flies back to the hive on its own, to offload its sweet reward. Quanta Magazine, 22 Jan. 2020 In order to get some quality footage of bees flying, researchers temporarily blocked access to their hive. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 21 Nov. 2018 And on long summer days, when the hives are busy with bees flying in and out to forage, Mack is cautious. New York Times, 3 July 2018 During a speech for Prince Charles' 70th birthday celebration, Prince Harry was interrupted by a bee flying around his head. Lauren Landrum, CNN, 25 May 2018 Over 20,000 species of bees fly the Earth, with unique bodies and strategies for collecting pollen. Matt Simon, WIRED, 23 May 2018 As there could be some 20,000 bees flying, some means of tracking them is required. The Economist, 28 Mar. 2018 During one particular moment, a solitary bee flies over to Dayveon and stings him in a carnal close-up, and then—as nature would have it—subsequently dies. Tonja Renée Stidhum, The Root, 15 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bee fly was in 1751

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“Bee fly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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