killer bee

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 4 May 2020 Droves of vicious killer bees are headed toward the United States. Nashia Baker, House Beautiful, "'Designing Women' Prayer Candles Exist, and You’ll Want All of Them," 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, "What turns bees into killer bees?," 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, "What turns bees into killer bees?," 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. NBC News, "Former guerrilla, young conservative vie to lead Colombia," 17 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, "Former guerrilla, young conservative vie to lead Colombia," 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, "Killer Bees Attack Indy 500 Winner A.J. Foyt for Second Time," 16 Mar. 2018 Theatricality: True to this world where sizzle substitutes for substance, video projections create architecture and gardens, dining rooms and libraries, killer bees (really) and pools of blood. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Monty Python fans may love'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder'," 2 May 2018

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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“Killer bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/killer%20bee. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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killer bee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of killer bee

: a dangerous type of bee that is originally from Africa

killer bee

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

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