the birds and the bees

plural noun

informal + humorous
: the facts about sex that are told to children
He dreaded having to explain about the birds and the bees to his son.

Examples of the birds and the bees in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To wake up with the birds and the bees and the trees. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 Those can be the birds and the bees, yes, but also butterflies, beetles, and bats. Gabriela Riccardi, Quartz, 8 May 2024 Jesse and Christophe, holding hands, look on in fascinated awe—Jesse perhaps teaching the young Christophe the birds and the bees—while the couple, out in the open, displays no shyness. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2024 Edward Segarra Most parents talk to their kids about the birds and the bees. USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 There’s more than merely the birds and the bees conversation (buckle up). Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 8 Aug. 2023

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“The birds and the bees.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20birds%20and%20the%20bees. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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