bee·​hive | \ ˈbē-ˌhīv How to pronounce beehive (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web To put the bees to the test, Ravi and his team connected a tunnel to a beehive in their lab. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Scientific Discoveries From 2020 that May Lead to New Inventions," 28 Dec. 2020 The Honeycomb insulation used in many of the lids mimics the architecture of a beehive. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "We Tested a Bunch of Hydro Flasks. These Are the Ones Worth Buying.," 17 Nov. 2020 The farm has a few animals, a beehive for fresh honey and a zipline — which an employee built. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit cider mill tucked into neighborhood opens with fresh foods, hayrides and zipline," 31 Oct. 2020 An older woman in a fur coat and cat’s-eye sunglasses, her beehive in a scarf, posing alongside Mandel. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Mike Mandel’s Selfies from the Seventies," 12 Oct. 2020 One look featured a netted visor in peach yellow that fell straight down from the round hat in a column tube shape, and shoes were geometric sandals with soles made of the bubbles shapes that evoked the inner lining of a beehive. Thomas Adamson, Star Tribune, "Kenzo gets the buzz at bee-themed Paris Fashion Week show," 30 Sep. 2020 The bridge has beehive-themed translucent panels along the side that light up at night along with large stainless-steel honeybee sculptures. Don Stacom,, "New Britain plans Beehive Bridge celebration with masks, distancing rules," 12 Sep. 2020 Downtown has been a beehive of activity for several years, with large new hotels and apartment buildings springing up in just about every corner of the city’s core. oregonlive, "U.S. Outdoor Store files for bankruptcy; Portland ‘institution’ blames downtown crisis for its plight," 10 Sep. 2020 Asian giant hornets can wipe out a whole beehive in a few hours, decapitating the adults before gobbling up the larvae and pupae. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Inside the Sprint to Map the Murder Hornet Genome," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of beehive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beehive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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


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