hon·​ey·​bee | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌbē How to pronounce honeybee (audio) \
variants: or honey bee

Definition of honeybee

: a honey-producing bee (genus Apis of the family Apidae) especially : a European bee (A. mellifera) introduced worldwide and kept in hives for the honey it produces

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Illustration of honeybee

honeybees, left to right: worker, queen, drone

Examples of honeybee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since graduating from Forté's honeybee course, the bees have become part of their lives. Jonmaesha Beltran, The Arizona Republic, 28 July 2022 Since then, Detroit Hives has conducted more than 800 educational tours and currently manages more than 50 honeybee colonies in the area. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2022 For seeded watermelons, 500 to 1,000 grains of pollen must be carried from the male flower to the female flower, about eight trips for a honeybee according to the Clemson Cooperative Extension. Dezimey Kum, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 In the study, our valiant honeybee heroes were sequestered into two control groups. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2022 Previous honeybee shipments had made their way to Alaska aboard Delta Air Lines flights from Sacramento to Seattle and then on to Anchorage, a route Ms. McElrea has used many times. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 If the honeybee can pull it off, maybe humans can simplify things too. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2022 Schumacher shared in a statement to PEOPLE, expanding on his comments about the importance of protecting the honeybee. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 7 Mar. 2022 For this new study, researchers focused on how Asian honeybees react when the Vespa soror, another species of giant hornet, threatens a honeybee hive. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of honeybee

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Honeybee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeybee. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for honeybee


hon·​ey·​bee | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌbē How to pronounce honeybee (audio) \

Kids Definition of honeybee

: a bee whose honey is used by people as food


hon·​ey·​bee | \ ˈhən-ē-ˌbē How to pronounce honeybee (audio) \

Medical Definition of honeybee

: a honey-producing bee (Apis and related genera) especially : a European bee (A. mellifera) introduced worldwide and kept in hives for the honey it produces

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