honeybee

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noun hon·ey·bee \ˈhə-nē-ˌbē\
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honey bee

Definition of honeybee

  1. :  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

15th Century

First Known Use of honeybee

15th century


HONEYBEE Defined for English Language Learners

honeybee

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Definition of honeybee for English Language Learners

  • : a bee that makes honey


HONEYBEE Defined for Kids

honeybee

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noun hon·ey·bee \ˈhə-nē-ˌbē\

Definition of honeybee for Students

  1. :  a bee whose honey is used by people as food


Medical Dictionary

honeybee

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noun hon·ey·bee \ˈhən-ē-ˌbē\

Medical Definition of honeybee

  1. :  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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