from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bumblebee.


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  • He'd left off his bumbee tartan rig, no doubt to avoid notice, and wore a cowled black robe, with his Khyber knife across his knees: a damned discouraging sight all round, with questions to match.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • "'Cud a' follow a bumbee? 'was the only word a' got frae her; a 'saw she was beaten for aince and wes rael mad."

    Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush

  • I hadn't believed him above half, but when I thought of that frightful nigger commandant in his bumbee tartan kilt and brolly ... well.

    Flashman's Lady


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