from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to several species of large bees of the genus Bombus, especially the European Bombus muscorum, from their habit of carding and plaiting the moss with which their nests are constructed.
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Evidence: The Joint Nature Conservation Committee currently lists seven species of bumblebee with "priority" status under the UK's Biodiversity Action Plan: the great yellow bumblebee, brown-banded carder-bee, moss carder bee, red-shanked carder bee, large garden bumblebee, short-haired bumblebee and shrill carder bee.
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