honeybee

noun
hon·​ey·​bee | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌbē \
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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honeybees, left to right: worker, queen, drone

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No large-scale study has found any link between glyphosate and the decline of the honeybee population. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Popular weed killer may be to blame for honey bee deaths, study suggests," 25 Sep. 2018 Marla Spivak, a professor in the entomology department at the University of Minnesota, has been working for more than a decade to understand why honeybee populations are dwindling. New York Times, "With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees," 3 July 2018 Hibiscus flowers, Mexican sage, eucalyptus trees, honeybee hives, and palm trees are abundant on the premises (which includes a walking trail through the 45 acres). Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America," 2 Oct. 2018 Concern about colony collapse among the honeybees spurred Bryan and Barbara Ritter of Garland, Kan., to leave leave their jobs in the Kansas City area and move to a farm about 100 miles south and become virtual beekeepers. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Two kids are charged with the ‘senseless’ killing of a half million bees in Iowa," 18 Jan. 2018 There's a large blue woman reclining on the side of a mountain (see below) by Lita Albuquerque; a metallic mixed media piece that looks like recorders fused into a sink by Paul Barsch and Tilman Hornig; even a hive of honeybees. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Art Safiental Is a Massive Sculpture Exhibit in the Swiss Alps," 10 Aug. 2018 But European honeybees began hybridizing with African bees in the 1990s. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "In Arizona, bees are more dangerous than snakes. But watch out for the dogs.," 21 Mar. 2018 The ban, approved by member nations in April, follows the publication of a report identifying pesticides’ harmful effects on honeybees and wild bees. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn," 12 July 2018 The team also found a link between the odors and the genetics that drive honeybees' hygienic behavior. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "Scent of Death: Honeybees Use Odors to Detect Deceased Broods," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of honeybee

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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honeybee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of honeybee

: a bee that makes honey

honeybee

noun
hon·​ey·​bee | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌbē \

Kids Definition of honeybee

: a bee whose honey is used by people as food

honeybee

noun
hon·​ey·​bee | \ ˈhən-ē-ˌbē \

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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