killer bee


Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 1998 in Bisbee, Booth witnessed one of the worst killer bee attacks recorded in history. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 12 Aug. 2022 Interviewed by email, Takahashi says the label murder hornet is appropriate because the species is as dangerous as killer bees, a nickname for the African honeybee. National Geographic, 4 May 2020 Droves of vicious killer bees are headed toward the United States. Nashia Baker, House Beautiful, 11 Oct. 2019 But killer bees—hybrids of the relatively docile European strain of honey bee and a more aggressive African relative—are particularly fierce. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 15 June 2018 His team hopes to eventually use these insights to develop a way to protect people from these killer bees, perhaps through a spray or chemical plug that can be applied to a hive. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 15 June 2018 A week before the vote, a swarm of killer bees attacked supporters who showed up to see Uribe speak at a Duque rally in a small town in northern Colombia. Washington Post, 17 June 2018 An auto racing legend and Indianapolis 500 star was attacked by killer bees Wednesday and wound up in the hospital—for the second time. Elana Glowatz, Newsweek, 16 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of killer bee was in 1976

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“Killer bee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

killer bee

kil·​ler bee ˈkil-ər-ˈbē How to pronounce killer bee (audio)

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