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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The office was a beehive of activity. wearing her hair in a beehive
Recent Examples on the Web And this brings us to all the lenses making the back of phones look like beehives. Washington Post, "iPhone 11 first look: That’s an awful lot of cash for a camera," 10 Sep. 2019 The assembly plants building some of Ford’s best-selling and most profitable vehicles will become a beehive of electric-vehicle and hybrid activity over the next four years. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what the Ford-UAW contract reveals about products on the way," 16 Nov. 2019 The Michigan Avenue office becomes a beehive of activity in late summer as employees and agents fill backpacks with school supplies to give to a Chicago public school. Brenda Richardson,, "No. 1: ‘True Midwest values’ guide Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff," 8 Nov. 2019 Even then, no one could have predicted that artists would soon turn the mostly empty education building into a beehive of activity. al, "At Mobile’s Central Presbyterian, arts and faith intertwine," 18 Oct. 2019 Almond farmers generally rent between 2 and 2.5 beehives per acre for the pollination season, but costs have jumped from $50 per beehive to about $230, said Viel. Millie Dent, CNN, "This startup is saving crops by making 'super bees'," 17 Oct. 2019 Singer and guitarist Ohlman and her band of rockers know how to deliver twang, snarl with attitude befitting her iconic beehive. John Adamian,, "The tradition of Black-Eyed and Blues Fest: Chow down and soak up the tunes," 14 June 2019 The area around 13 Mile and Woodward, usually a beehive of cruise activity, will be quieter than normal this year because the new Woodward Corners shopping complex isn’t yet up and running. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Dream Cruise, Renaissance fest in Holly, Michigan Comic Convention at Cobo," 14 Aug. 2019 If there are fewer beehives available for farmers to use and ultimately fewer pollinators, consumers will pay more money for food. Fox News, "NYPD beekeepers work to save bees as US government seemingly tells the insects to buzz off," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of beehive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Dec 2019

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“Beehive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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