carpenter bee

noun

Definition of carpenter bee 

: any of various solitary bees (genera Xylocopa and Ceratina) that nest in wood

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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 In addition to the birds, the new garden also attracts other pollinators such as carpenter bees and butterflies, Zagory said. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Why are hummingbirds flocking to UC Davis?," 3 Nov. 2017

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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