Definition of waggle dance
: a series of figure-eight movements performed by a bee to indicate the direction and abundance of a distant food source A bee performs the waggle dance when she wants to inform other bees of a nectar source she has found. … During the waggle, she dances a figure-eight pattern, with a straight “walk” in between the loops and a sporadic fluttering of her wings. — Nova, PBS.org, 4 Jan. 2000 — compare round dance
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up waggle dance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).