bee·​keep·​er | \ˈbē-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of beekeeper 

: a person who raises bees

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beekeeping \ˈbē-​ˌkē-​piŋ \ noun

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About 500 beekeepers are registered in Florida’s Panhandle, with more than 1.2 billion bees in their colonies, according to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane Michael could sour Florida’s tupelo honey harvest," 22 Oct. 2018 Resident beekeepers can now be found at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and at Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley's plush spa retreat. Cristina Mueller, Town & Country, "Beauty and the Bees," 6 Dec. 2012 Brunswick beekeepers, Laura and Mike Cantrell added a new beehive to the historical society farm recently and the bees are active and, so far, healthy. 'sam' Boyer/special To,, "There's a buzz about the new residents at the farm: Whit & whimsey," 27 Apr. 2018 Hives full of stinging bees deter animals from leaving the park and provide beekeepers with honey to sell. Christopher Bendana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Uganda's pride: Lions test locals' patience," 27 June 2018 As of last year, there were 1,689 beekeepers registered with over 8,000 beehives in Connecticut. Jordan Otero Sisson, Courant Community, "Beehives Belonging to Hanover's Stonewall Apiary Stolen From Sub Edge Farm in Farmington," 2 Apr. 2018 Michigan's bee population is disappearing at an alarming rate, causing concern for beekeepers and farmers, who need bees to pollinate their crops. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "One hive at a time, backyard beekeepers try saving Detroit, the world," 14 Mar. 2018 But the price has gone up five-fold, and beekeepers like Miller are getting paid to truck their bees to California to pollinate crops there, mostly almonds. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America’s bee hot spot," 2 July 2018 In a recent study conducted a few years ago, research showed that the average age of beekeepers is around 60, and that most are men. Noor Brara, Vogue, "How One Social Media-Savvy Beekeeper Is Changing the Face of Honey—and Saving Bees at the Same Time," 1 June 2018

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1783, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who raises bees

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