from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various large, hairy, often black and yellow bees of the genus Bombus that nest in underground colonies.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large hairy social bee of the family Apidœ, subfamily Socialiœ, and genus Bombus, species of which are found in most parts of the world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A large bee of the genus Bombus, sometimes called humblebee; -- so named from its sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of several species of large bee in the genus Bombus.

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

  • noun robust hairy social bee of temperate regions


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

[bumble + bee.]



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  • I'm concerned that I fit WeirdNet's definition.

    October 27, 2008

  • Why is this tagged bird?

    October 27, 2008

  • It's on a bird-description list, and possibly was bulk-tagged.

    October 27, 2008

  • C_b's right. It's the adjective part of a bird name and is on my bird adjectives list for Bumblebee Hummingbird. However, it does make me rethink tagging all the words on that list as such....

    Bilby, you're a hairy-bodied insect? I had no idea.

    October 28, 2008

  • Well, you could just remove this one tag, if you wanted. :) Though I've seen enough really large bumblebees that I believe in some locales they do resemble birds...

    October 28, 2008

  • That's true! This one, though, is a specific hummingbird name.

    Still considering retagging that list--many of the words by themselves don't suggest birdy-ness. But I'll think about it. :-)

    October 29, 2008

  • Removing bulk tags is still manual, I think.

    October 29, 2008

  • Hence my hesitation. :-)

    October 29, 2008

  • "Bum Bill Bee". One of the characters in Geo. Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoon strip.

    October 29, 2008

  • Diction, please!

    October 30, 2008