American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to bees or to the keeping and care of bees.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to bees, or to beekeeping.
- n. A bee-keeper; an apiarist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or relating to bees.
- adj. relating to bees or beekeeping
- 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)
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“A quantity of fine artificial "wax" and natural tallow were added to the offerings, in case she was more apiarian than insectoid.”
“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.”
“Purchase of some dealer or manufacturer of apiarian supplies, a good Langstroth hive complete with section boxes.”
“The publication has been pronounced useful to the practical apiarian and a valuable contribution to the natural history of the honey-bee.”
“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.”
“Francois Huber, the master and classic of contemporary apiarian science.”
“I will not enumerate all that apiarian science owes to Huber; to state what it does not owe were the briefer task.”
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