bum·​ble·​bee | \ ˈbəm-bəl-ˌbē How to pronounce bumblebee (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bumble bee

Definition of bumblebee

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

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Most bumblebees live alone or in small colonies in the ground. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Bee kind to Alaska’s pollinators (but it’s OK to smack a wasp)," 26 June 2019 On a raw fall day, under a crown of golden birch leaves on a hill that overlooks a frigid lake, two-and-a-half-year-old Alexander Levin, dressed in a hooded bumblebee sweater, timidly holds Stepan’s paw. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 Bee Backpacks Researchers have created sensors small enough for bumblebees to wear and still fly. National Geographic, "What happens to brains in space, and more breakthroughs," 12 June 2019 The flight of a bumblebee in slow motion at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Photos: Bumblebees swarm Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens as lotus flowers reach peak bloom," 9 July 2018 And the bumblebee was the perfect candidate for the job. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Backpack-wearing bumblebees could buzz fields, tell farmers how crops are doing," 13 Dec. 2018 Scientists at the University of Washington have equipped bumblebees with tiny sensors that could one day be used to monitor crops on a farm. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Backpack-wearing bumblebees could buzz fields, tell farmers how crops are doing," 13 Dec. 2018 Crowds are dangerous: parasites are found more heavily on bumblebees in urban areas. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Bumblebees Thrive in the City but Struggle on the Farm," 27 June 2018 Guests including Alicia Keys, Verbal and Yoon of Ambush, Exile Hiro, and Williams’s wife, Helen Lasichanh, stepped onto a bumblebee-yellow carpet before entering the world envisaged by Williams and his coterie of creators. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Pharrell and American Express Lead the Charge to Protect the Arts at the Inaugural Yellow Ball," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of bumblebee

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 How to pronounce bumblebee (audio) \

Kids Definition of bumblebee

: a large hairy bee that makes a loud humming sound

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