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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Other Words from beehive

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 Think of the Port of Oakland — from Howard Terminal near Jack London Square, to the Bay Bridge — as a giant beehive. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2021 Butterfly Bonanza: Learn more about butterflies, bees and bats, which all get busy pollinating in spring, through up-close encounters in the Science Mill’s butterfly garden and demonstration beehive and hands-on activities. Jim Kiest And Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2021 Exhibitions, lectures, concerts and other cultural events made the main library a beehive of intellectual life, day and night. New York Times, 16 Apr. 2021 There's a big gym and a decent pool and pool house -- and homemade honey to harvest, courtesy of former second lady Karen Pence's installation of a beehive in 2017. Kate Bennett, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 Schumacher got a call from Jennette Mckeag’s landlord to extract the beehive near her home, which over the past three or so years had grown to the size of a tall kitchen trash can. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Apr. 2021 Because of their honeycomb shape, the huts can fit together like a beehive, expanding to fit growing needs. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 Additionally, a flag design featuring a beehive on a blue circle above a single star on a background of blue, red and white triangles will be adopted as the commemorative state flag celebrating the 125th anniversary of Utah’s statehood. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021 Oh, and then here comes Sister in a Marge Simpson blonde beehive, a tiger-print dress, and, yup, a bone mask on her face. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 19 Feb. 2021

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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 21 Jun. 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


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

Kids Definition of beehive

: hive


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