- Middle English humbulbe : possibly Middle Dutch hummel + Middle English be, bee, bee; see bee1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Here Darwin's daughter Henrietta helps him count the flowers one "humblebee," or bumblebee, can visit in a minute: 21.”
“He was a visitor at every farmhouse and cottage; gossiped with the farmers and their wives; romped with their daughters; and, like that type of a vagrant bachelor, the humblebee, tolled the sweets from all the rosy lips of the country round.”
“Some of us can recall the bewilderment with which his verses on the humblebee, for instance, were received, when the choice of subject caused as much wonder as the treatment.”
“Our native bee, on the other hand, the burly, dozing humblebee, affects one more like the rude, untutored savage.”
“A humblebee from the Square Garden boomed in and buzzed idly round the room.”
“An intoxicated humblebee broke the silence by buzzing into Biddy's fluffed-out, corn-gold hair.”
“This command might be executed in this country, for we have the "red-hipp'd humble-bee;" and we have the thistle, and there is no more likely place to look for the humblebee in midsummer than on a thistle-blossom.”
“Here and there was a humblebee, gathering honey from the small purple catkins of the prostrate willows, now in full bloom.”
“Such requisites are perfectly fulfilled by the humblebee, and we may well hazard the prophecy that the Bombus is the welcomed affinity of the flower.”
“Passy omnibus, to or fro every ten or twelve minutes; the marchand de coco with his bell; a regiment of the line with its band; a chorus of peripatetic Orphéonistes -- a swallow, a butterfly, a humblebee; a far-off balloon, oh, joy!”
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