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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With that in mind, Tommy was moved to an area away from the beehive and checked for his responsiveness. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Fire department academy introduces youths to safety techniques, possible career," 30 July 2019 From three beehives on the roof to using the whole animal as part of its zero waste mission, Urban Farmer certainly lives up to its name. The Know Staff, The Know, "The coolest patios and rooftops to eat and drink on in the Front Range," 27 June 2019 Along with three beehives, the garden contains flowers and herbs. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019 What was an asphalt parkway outside Mission Press Inc.'s new home on Franklin Avenue in Franklin Park is now a sustainable garden with vegetables and herbs and beehives. Rachel K. Hindery,, "Franklin Park helps new business create a sustainable garden," 1 July 2019 There is a three-year plan for adding services to the space, as well as beehives to the roof. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Schmidt Brewery Rathskeller to house Rose Street Patisserie cafe, Worker B spa," 24 June 2019 Their beehive tents were scattered across a stony valley. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Recently, the result of more than 1,000 sustainability pledges from the community led the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to donate $100,000 toward solar panels, beehives, a compost tea system and five cisterns at the conservatory. Steve Schering,, "Oak Park Conservatory celebrates 90th anniversary," 25 June 2019 The food from the Javits Center — which already harvests honey from beehives on the roof of its original section — could be consumed within 200 feet of where it was grown. James Barron, New York Times, "From a Convention Center’s Roof, ‘Walk-Off Vegetables’," 24 June 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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