colony collapse disorder

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Definition of colony collapse disorder

: a disorder of honeybees (Apis mellifera) that is of unknown cause and that is characterized by sudden colony death due to the disappearance of all adult worker bees in a hive while immature bees, the queen bee, and the honey remain … since 2006, hundreds of thousands of U.S. honeybee colonies have died out in what is being called colony collapse disorder. Whether caused by a new insecticide, disease, or a mix of stressors, the losses have spurred a flurry of research …— Jennifer S. Holland abbreviation CCD

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2007, in the meaning defined above

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“Colony collapse disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colony%20collapse%20disorder. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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