honeybee

noun
hon·​ey·​bee | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌbē How to pronounce honeybee (audio) \
variants: or honey bee

Definition of honeybee

: a honey-producing bee (genus Apis of the family Apidae) especially : a European bee (A. mellifera) introduced worldwide and kept in hives for the honey it produces

Illustration of honeybee

Illustration of honeybee

honeybees, left to right: worker, queen, drone

Examples of honeybee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The study, published this month in Science Advances, suggests the western honeybee originated around 7 million years ago and expanded westward a million years later. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2021 Beekeepers across the United States, largely those located in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota, lost 45.5 percent of their honeybee colonies from April 2020 to April 2021. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia), also known as murder hornets, can brutally attack and wipe out entire honeybee colonies in hours. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 The opossum gives birth to as many as 20 babies, initially about the size of a honeybee. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2021 These operations do not just produce honey; a significant portion of their revenue comes from renting their Apis mellifera (Western honeybee) hives to farmers for the pollination of almonds, apples, canola and other crops. Allison Lasorda, Scientific American, 31 Aug. 2021 The females are capable of stinging, but lack the instinct to guard their nests like a honeybee does. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 31 July 2021 Asian giant hornets can attack and destroy entire honeybee colonies in hours. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2021 The Asian giant hornet, first spotted in the U.S. in 2019, preys on insects, including honeybees — a small group can destroy a honeybee hive in hours, officials say — but this hornet was attacking paper wasp nests. NBC News, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of honeybee

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Honeybee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeybee. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for honeybee

honeybee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of honeybee

: a bee that makes honey

honeybee

noun
hon·​ey·​bee | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌbē How to pronounce honeybee (audio) \

Kids Definition of honeybee

: a bee whose honey is used by people as food

honeybee

noun
hon·​ey·​bee | \ ˈhən-ē-ˌbē How to pronounce honeybee (audio) \

Medical Definition of honeybee

: a honey-producing bee (Apis and related genera) especially : a European bee (A. mellifera) introduced worldwide and kept in hives for the honey it produces

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