bum·ble·bee | \ˈbəm-bəl-ˌbē \
variants: or less commonly bumble bee

Definition of bumblebee 

: any of numerous large robust hairy social bees (genus Bombus)

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All species, from mason bees and carpenter bees to the lovable bumblebee, are fighting disease, habitat loss and changes in climate. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 Menus, which used to be kept inside a clear plastic sheath, are now presented inside folders made of textured handmade paper, held in place with stickers of bumblebees and butterflies. New York Times, "A Brooklyn Favorite for Jamaican Food Beats the Odds," 26 June 2018 The reduction of the bee population, particularly the bumblebee who is the most efficient pollinator, is the result of disease, pesticide use, and global warming. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Bees: Essential In Food Production," 27 June 2018 Willows accomplish this feat by offering bumblebees, butterflies and wasps their first sweet drink of the season. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Spring Arrives on Kitten’s Paws," 4 Apr. 2018 Covington also owns a four-foot bumblebee ball python, Max, and taken together calls his reptile trio Three the Hard Way. Stephanie Talmadge, GQ, "The Brotherhood of Snake Owners in the NBA," 13 June 2018 Flies buzz around the goose guts in my dogpot, and a big black bumblebee, and everywhere birds are chirping and singing — sparrows and robins and warblers flitting in the branches, rustling in dead leaves, busy setting up homes here on the hill. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "We’re failing in our relationship with nature – and with each other," 9 June 2018 The owner hired an artist to paint it over with images of bumblebees, dragonflies and hourglasses — a nod to its location in the Hourglass District. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "House painted with bees and dragonflies the product of zoning dispute, homeowner says," 31 May 2018 Beyond the cockroach, other seemingly uninviting spectacles include a 5-foot-long bloodsucking bedbug, a very hairy bumblebee, and deadly red scorpions. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "17 gigantic bugs have crawled into the Academy of Natural Sciences for 'Xtreme Bugs' exhibit," 22 May 2018

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1530, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bumblebee

: a large, hairy bee


bum·ble·bee | \ˈbəm-bəl-ˌbē \

Kids Definition of bumblebee

: a large hairy bee that makes a loud humming sound

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