bee·​hive | \ˈbē-ˌhīv \

Definition of beehive 

2 : something resembling a hive for bees: such as

a : a scene of crowded activity

b : a woman's hairdo that is conical in shape

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beehive adjective

Examples of beehive in a Sentence

The office was a beehive of activity. wearing her hair in a beehive

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The Rainbow Lodge also features two gardens, and beehives. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Rainbow Lodge celebrates 40 years serving the area," 28 Mar. 2018 Plans for a 35-acre nonprofit urban farm in Fishers Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness announced plans for Fishers AgriPark, a 35-acre urban farm that will feature crops, livestock, aquaponics, beehives and honey production. Joe Tamborello, Indianapolis Star, "No Ricker's in Noblesville, Carmel-Clay's $5.6 million park expansion, Fishers' urban farm," 19 Mar. 2018 There’s a woman, Francesca, who keeps beehives outside the gates of our house, in the woods. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, "How to Eat Like an Italian," 3 May 2018 Buy Photo Every few days, Sam Torres heads to Glen Foerd in Northeast Philadelphia to check his beehives. Bethany Ao,, "Philly millennials are buzzing about beekeeping," 11 July 2018 According to Inhabitat, there are 3.5 million fewer beehives in the United States than there were in 1947, a frightening decline given bees pollinate one out of every three bites of food. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "People Are Hanging Beehives on Their Walls Like Picture Frames," 24 May 2018 Read More: Bees in the D’s mission, according to its website, is to promote conservation through education and build a network of beehives in Detroit and southeast Michigan. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Downtown Detroit's newest sweet spot: Beehives installed on rooftop," 26 Apr. 2018 Torres said that the way farming has changed over the years has affected beehives. Bethany Ao,, "Philly millennials are buzzing about beekeeping," 11 July 2018 An article last Wednesday about a Maryland agricultural official who is training dogs to detect bacteria harmful to beehives misstated the breed of one dog, Mack. New York Times, "Corrections: July 11, 2018," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of beehive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of beehive

: a nest for bees

: a place filled with busy activity

: a woman's hairdo in which long hair is piled high on top of the head


bee·​hive | \ˈbē-ˌhīv \

Kids Definition of beehive

: hive

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