Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to bees or to the keeping and care of bees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to bees or beekeeping.
  • n. An apiarist; a beekeeper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or relating to bees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to bees, or to beekeeping.
  • n. A bee-keeper; an apiarist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to bees or beekeeping

Etymologies

First attested as an adjective in 1801 and as a noun in 1858; formed by the suffixation of either the English apiary or its etymon, the Latin apiārium — with the English -an. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If there is a comparable odor, it is, indeed, the moldly inner sanctum of some fermenting, bursting hive; but beet pollen is honey squared, royal jelly cubed, nectar raised to the nth power; the intensified secretions of the Earth's apiarian gland, reeking of ancient bridal chambers and intimacies half as old as time.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • The bees, he announced, would be taken to "a farm in Connecticut," which, assuming this is not a euphemism, is hardly the worst summertime fate for a New Yorker, apiarian or otherwise.

    Alex Henry: An Apiarian Incident

  • To be-labor my apiarian analogy: the honey that's dipped from that busy hive can be sweet and nourishing, or it can be hallucinogenic and deadly.

    Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates

  • A quantity of fine artificial "wax" and natural tallow were added to the offerings, in case she was more apiarian than insectoid.

    Damia's Children

  • Just such a buzz and murmur as then arises might have been heard in Weston court-yard when the boys poured out from the schools, only increased so much in volume as the human vocal organs are more powerful than the apiarian.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys

  • Purchase of some dealer or manufacturer of apiarian supplies, a good Langstroth hive complete with section boxes.

    Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884. A Weekly Journal for the Farm, Orchard and Fireside

  • The publication has been pronounced useful to the practical apiarian and a valuable contribution to the natural history of the honey-bee.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume V. The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century

  • It might have been efficacious if the subaltern had been engaging in apiarian operations, but as far as present events went it was a "frost."

    Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force

  • Francois Huber, the master and classic of contemporary apiarian science.

    The Life of the Bee

  • I will not enumerate all that apiarian science owes to Huber; to state what it does not owe were the briefer task.

    The Life of the Bee

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