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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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 The crowning glory: a creative, matching siblings costume—one dear and genius friend has already won in my book with her toddler daughter in a flowerpot and her baby sister as a bumblebee. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Are You Dressing Your Kids for Halloween—or for Instagram?," 30 Oct. 2018 The oldest and youngest were twin zebras; Dorothy and the Tin Man; a ladybug and a bumblebee. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "I Always Take My Kids Trick-or-Treating. This Year I Was Fired.," 29 Oct. 2018 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

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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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