Definitions

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

  • n. A bumblebee.

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  • n. A bumblebee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bumblebee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as bumblebee.

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

  • n. robust hairy social bee of temperate regions

Etymologies

Middle English humbulbe : possibly Middle Dutch hummel + Middle English be, bee, bee; see bee1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Here Darwin's daughter Henrietta helps him count the flowers one "humblebee," or bumblebee, can visit in a minute: 21.

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  • 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.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • 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.

    Americanism in Literature

  • Our native bee, on the other hand, the “burly, dozing humblebee, ” affects one more like the rude, untutored savage.

    An Idyl of the Honey-bee

  • A humblebee from the Square Garden boomed in and buzzed idly round the room.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • An intoxicated humblebee broke the silence by buzzing into Biddy's fluffed-out, corn-gold hair.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • 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.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton

  • Here and there was a humblebee, gathering honey from the small purple catkins of the prostrate willows, now in full bloom.

    Birds in the Bush

  • 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.

    My Studio Neighbors

  • 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!

    The Martian

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