from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a family of insects comprising the bees; examples are: honeybees; carpenter bees; bumblebees.
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- n. honeybees; carpenter bees; bumblebees
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Thus, the comparative study, in recent years, of the social instinct in the different apidae proves that the instinct of the meliponines is intermediary in complexity between the still rudimentary tendency of the humble bees and the consummate science of the true bees; yet there can be no kinship between the bees and the meliponines. [