American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hybrid strain of honeybee introduced into Brazil in the mid-1950s and distinguished by aggressive traits such as the tendency to mass swarm and sting with great frequency. The bee was developed by a geneticist attempting to produce a commercial honeybee better adapted to the tropics. Also called Africanized honeybee, killer bee.
- n. a strain of bees that originated in Brazil in the 1950s as a cross between an aggressive African bee and a honeybee; retains most of the traits of the African bee; now spread as far north as Texas
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