hon·​ey·​bee ˈhə-nē-ˌbē How to pronounce honeybee (audio)
variants or honey bee
: 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
  • worker
  • queen
  • drone

Examples of honeybee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seeley is the world’s leading authority on the lives of wild honeybees. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 Still, not all bee stings are created equal; the venom of, say, a honeybee is different from that of a wasp is different. Brittany Edelmann, Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2023 In this new study, the researchers first looked at the genetics behind retinue behavior in worker honeybees. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 25 Sep. 2023 The sunflowers persisted this summer — soaring above six feet, their fat, golden heads covered in fuzzy honeybees, oblivious to past cruelty. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 For onlookers unfamiliar with the insects, five million buzzing honeybees would likely create an alarming sight. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Sep. 2023 Blueberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, squashes and cucumbers all rank among Georgia’s most valuable food crops, and all rely on honeybees and other pollinators to ensure bountiful harvests. Drew Kann, ajc, 28 Aug. 2023 The hotel will even arrange volunteer opportunities with local agricultural initiatives and honeybee conservation projects for educational guest experiences. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 3 Aug. 2023 Previous studies have shown that genes from males can support selfish behavior in mammals, plants, and honeybees. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 25 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of honeybee was in the 15th century

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“Honeybee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeybee. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


hon·​ey·​bee -ˌbē How to pronounce honeybee (audio)
: a bee that produces honey and lives in colonies
especially : a European bee widely kept in hives for the honey it produces

Medical Definition


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