Middle English humbylbee, from humbyl- (akin to Middle Dutch hommel bumblebee) + bee — more at hum
15th century, in the meaning defined above
“Humble-bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humble-bee. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.
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