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

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Wasp nests tend to look papery and either like large upside-down cones or with open hexagonal sections, like beehives. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Tips to Prevent Bee and Wasp Stings When Exploring the Great Outdoors," 10 Oct. 2018 In the others, she can be seen posing with a teddy bear and a '60s beehive wig in front of a stormy background and smiling at the camera while a colorful coat floats behind her. Evelyn Wang, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Posed Topless for Love Magazine," 7 Aug. 2018 Most of the ingredients come from the kitchen garden, orchards, and beehives, with dishes such as Vietnamese spring rolls, lentil burgers, and eggplant-potato dumplings. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 Photos from the shoot, which Gigi and Vogue Brazil have shared on Instagram, show the model rocking a seriously beehive inspired hairdo. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Appears on the September "Vogue Brazil" Cover," 29 Aug. 2018 For Gigi's beehive, Naté said to tease the crown area up to five or six inches tall. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Appears on the September "Vogue Brazil" Cover," 29 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce beehive (audio) \

Kids Definition of beehive

: hive

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a shady place in a garden or forest

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