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  • n. Plural form of bumble-bee.


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  • There are only three things I am afraid of -- bumble-bees, scarlet fever, and chaperones.

    Chapter 13

  • I still cannot get used to the sight of the king, and my soul dissolves into a million bumble-bees at his approach.

    Exit the Actress

  • The old, old boys will quip the 28-ga is only good for meadowlarks and bumble-bees, but that claim is nonsense.

    Paper Versus Meat

  • These flies were no concern to my brother Charlie and me; they seemed to be innocuous and even friendly compared to the chiggers, bumble-bees and hornets that occasionally beset us.


  • How many Limeys were running scared of bumble-bees in their gardens this summer?

    A Farewell to Hyphens

  • Clouds drifted, winds moved in the woods, flowers bowed and gleamed, bumble-bees buzzed in the clover, girls sang in the hay-fields.

    Harry Martinson: Catching the Dewdrop, Reflecting the Cosmos

  • Anyway, this bee was big and loud, you know how bumble-bees get.

    lost dogs

  • On the edge of the Sahara we ran into a plague of locusts and the chauffeur explained kindly that they were bumble-bees.

    Tender is the Night

  • Then others of the boys spread over the downs, looking for the holes of humble-bees and mice, which they dug up without mercy, often (I regret to say) killing and skinning the unlucky mice, and (I do not regret to say) getting well stung by the bumble-bees.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • He could hear them buzzing like summer bumble-bees.

    A Gift From Earth


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