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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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 The baobab had short sticks jammed into its trunk, forming a perilous ladder that the Hadza climbed to raid beehives. WSJ, "Hunting in Tanzania the Way Our Earliest Ancestors Did," 9 Oct. 2018 This applies whether the dog is looking for contraband cellphones and drugs in prison cells, or foulbrood in beehives. New York Times, "With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees," 3 July 2018 Since 2013, three beehives—housing 60,000 bees each—have been kept on Notre-Dame Cathedral's roof. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Bees Kept on Notre-Dame's Roof Survived the Fire," 19 Apr. 2019 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

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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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