great carpenter bee

noun

Definition of great carpenter bee

: a large carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) of eastern and southern North America about the size of a bumblebee but distinguished by a smooth shining abdomen

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“Great carpenter bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/great%20carpenter%20bee. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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