from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. bumblebees.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology: A humming or buzzing noise in the ears.
- n. A rumbling noise in the intestines; borborygmus.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of bees, family Apidæ, containing the honey-producing aculeate or sting-possessing hymenopterous insects commonly called bumblebees. See bumblebee, and cut under Hymenoptera.
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- n. bumblebees
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"A citizen-scientist outside Peoria actually sent in a photograph of a species of bumblebee, the rusty patched bumblebee, bombus affinis, that was thought to have gone extinct in that area, and was recovered by a private citizen with a digital camera."
[Sidenote: Bomphiologia.] _Verborum bombus_, when small & triflyng thynges are set out wyth great gasyng wordes.
With an explosion almost like a little bomb shot out of a flower; with an immense hum, almost startling, boom! the great bombus hurls himself up in the air from under foot; well named -- boom -- bombus.
Now and again humble-bees go by with a burr; and it is curious to see the largest of them all, the big bombus, hanging to the little green gooseberry blossom.
I think there were four species of wild bee at these early flowers, including the great bombus and the small prosopis with orange-yellow head.
Here, on the summit, where the stillness was absolute, unbroken by any sound, and the solitude complete, we thought ourselves beyond the region of animated life; but while we were sitting on the rock, a solitary bee (bombus terrestris, the humble bee) came winging his flight from the eastern valley, and lit on the knee of one of the men.
Researchers at the University of Illinois are working to see if the fungus known as nosema bombus caused declines in a number of related bumblebees, including the once-common Western bumblebee, the rusty-patched bumblebee, and the yellow-banded bumblebee in the Northeast.
Among these are listed the spot-winged parrotlet Touit stictoptera (VU), redfaced parrot Hapalopsittaca pyrrhops (VU), little woodstar Acestrura bombus (VU), coppery-chested jacamar Galbula pastazae (VU) and masked mountain tanager Buthraupis wetmorei (VU).
(bombus terrestris, the humble bee) came winging his flight from the eastern valley, and lit on the knee of one of the men.
a solitary bee (_bombus terrestris_, the humble bee) came winging his flight from the eastern valley, and lit on the knee of one of the men.