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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Heather Rivera is having regrets two days after having pest control eradicate a swarm of honeybees. Stacey Henson, ajc, "Why a Florida homeowner regrets killing thousands of swarming honey bees," 26 June 2018 Bumblebees, unlike honeybees, don’t overwinter in a hive. Washington Post, "Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble," 17 June 2018 Her Labrador retriever, Mack, inspected about 1,700 honeybee colonies last fall and winter. New York Times, "With a Sniff and a Signal, These Dogs Hunt Down Threats to Bees," 3 July 2018 Her venture supports an important cause: saving the honeybees and beekeepers that produce a key ingredient in her lemonade. Connie Lin, Good Housekeeping, "An 11-Year-Old Girl Got a Contract With Whole Foods to Sell Her Homemade Lemonade," 31 Mar. 2016 BBA’s goal is to educate the public on the benefits of honeybees. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coral Springs area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 In late 2006, the nation’s honeybees began to vanish. Hannah Nordhaus, WSJ, "‘Buzz’ and ‘Our Native Bees’ Review: Give Bees a Chance," 12 July 2018 The honeybee’s foraging routine is deceptively complex. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn," 12 July 2018 People don’t realize that the honeybee is a domesticated animal. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of honeybee

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of honeybee

: a bee that makes honey


hon·ey·bee | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌbē \

Kids Definition of honeybee

: a bee whose honey is used by people as food


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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