bum·​ble·​bee ˈbəm-bəl-ˌbē How to pronounce bumblebee (audio)
variants or less commonly bumble bee
: any of numerous large robust hairy social bees (genus Bombus)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The net effect is a bit less like the flight of the bumblebee. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 26 Jan. 2023 But for a bumblebee trying to carry pollen back to the hive on a windy day, that difference might matter. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 11 Aug. 2015 Electric fields can produce visible motion in body hairs of a bumblebee. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 15 June 2018 And yes, before everyone gets annoyed, the garden fairy outfit was tied to their two adorable children, whose costumes were a butterfly and a bumblebee. William Earl, Variety, 13 Nov. 2022 Katherine dressed up as a garden fairy to match their daughters, who wore butterfly and bumblebee costumes. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 6 Nov. 2022 Another startup, Arruga AI Farming, created a robot whose vibrations mimic the buzz of a bumblebee as a way of inducing pollination. Shoshanna Solomon, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2022 Incidentally, DishBrain’s 800,000 neurons are much closer to that of a bumblebee than anything resembling a human brain. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 14 Oct. 2022 Shoppers at the retail chain in 19 other states -- including Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia -- also preferred the bumblebee last year. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bumblebee was in 1530

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“Bumblebee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumblebee. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


bum·​ble·​bee ˈbəm-bəl-ˌbē How to pronounce bumblebee (audio)
: any of numerous large hairy social bees

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