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 Using a honeybee relocation service rather than an exterminator does save bee lives. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 3 June 2021 The honeybee doesn’t ask itself, Is this all there is? Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 The tribulations of the honeybee are well-known, even if the origins of the mysterious colony collapse disorder that wiped out hives a few years ago are not easily explained. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 The state agricultural insect is the queen honeybee. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, 12 Mar. 2021 An amiable beekeeper named Ted McFall provides a gruesome look at what happened to his honeybee hives when the hornets showed up in his Whatcom County, Washington, bee farm: wholesale slaughter. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 4 Mar. 2021 The campaign adopted the honeybee as a mascot and posted dozens of volunteers in bee costumes at Bavaria’s town squares and plazas. Lena Mucha, Environment, 3 Dec. 2020 Constant attacks have kicked Asian honeybee evolution into high gear and resulted in the insects developing several defensive tactics besides simply using their stings. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2020 European honeybees are the most common honeybee in the U.S., responsible for pollinating many plant species. Douglas Main, Animals, 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of honeybee

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2021

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“Honeybee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeybee. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of honeybee

: a bee that makes honey


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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