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)

Examples of bumblebee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that famous July 2012 speech that ended a crisis of confidence in the euro, Draghi likened the currency shared by 19 different nations to a bumblebee. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 July 2022 Even boxing legend Mike Tyson, dressed in a whacky bumblebee costume, couldn’t stump San Antonio super-speller Harini Logan. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 17 June 2022 Here is a link to a photo showing one of these flies on a bumblebee. oregonlive, 3 July 2022 The lumbering bumblebee is out Buttering up its bronze thighs With pollen’d orbs of echinacea. John Latta, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 Ohio is home to about a dozen different bumblebee species, all of which play important roles as pollinators of crops and wild plants. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 22 June 2022 Informed of the presence of the bee, the airport stopped construction on the project and the FAA began discussions with the Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the bumblebee and other species, according to the FAA. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, 1 Mar. 2022 With an eye that’s sensitive enough to see a bumblebee in lunar orbit, the telescope will peer into the primordial murk from which stars, galaxies, and planets emerged, piercing the darkness that has occluded the gaze of other great observatories. Nadia Drake, Science, 25 Dec. 2021 The two-hour excursion aboard a bumblebee-yellow 1950s Flxible Bus takes visitors along Skyline Drive into the island’s wilderness. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bumblebee

1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Bumblebee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumblebee. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for bumblebee


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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