Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of the bass-wood or American linden, Tilia Americana, from the richness of its flowers in honey.
- n. A hollow tree occupied by wild bees.
“His head was quite broken, and like honey from a fallen bee-tree his brains dripped on the ground.”
“It looked to Kellen as if the Centaur had been up to his old thievish tricks again, and this time he'd had the poor judgment to try robbing a bee-tree when the bees were all at home.”
“Diana; find in the poets, from Hesiod to the later Anthology, a hundred sweet references -- to the bee-tree in the oak-wood, to the flowery hill”
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“I heard him asking you this very morning when you would find a bee-tree for him, the way you used to do up in Maine.”
“The first frost in the fall of the year indicates the time to remove the surplus honey from the hives; and to cut a bee-tree merely for its supply of honey and wax.”
“When a bee-tree is to be robbed, great piles of a certain plant or weed are collected and put in such a position that the smoke will be carried against the nesting-places of the swarms.”
“When the boys started for the bee-tree they carried a bundle of dry palmetto fans, an axe, and a bucket for the honey.”
“Hannah fell to at this feast of knowledge like a young bear in a bee-tree.”
“In taking up a bee-tree it is usual first to kill or stupefy the bees with the fumes of burning sulphur or with tobacco smoke.”
“Assault your bee-tree, then, boldly with your ax, and you will find that when the honey is exposed every bee has surrendered and the whole swarm is cowering in helpless bewilderment and terror.”
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