from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several social bees of the genus Apis that produce honey, especially A. mellifera, widely domesticated as a source of honey and beeswax.
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- n. Alternative form of honey bee.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any bee of the genus Apis, which lives in communities and collects honey, esp. the common domesticated hive bee (Apis mellifica), the Italian bee (Apis ligustica), and the Arabiab bee (Apis fasciata). The two latter are by many entomologists considered only varieties of the common hive bee. Each swarm of bees consists of a large number of workers (barren females), with, ordinarily, one queen or fertile female, but in the swarming season several young queens, and a number of males or drones, are produced.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bee that collects and stores honey; specifically, the hive-bee, Apis mellifica. See cuts under bee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. social bee often domesticated for the honey it produces
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Many thought the chinese were using it to treat foulbrood disease in honeybee colonies.
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The honeybee is an introduced species in the Americas.
Pulitzer Prize-winning insect biologist E.O. Wilson of Harvard said the honeybee is nature’s "workhorse — and we took it for granted."
I have even heard the completely esoteric concept that the demise of the honeybee is a sign of the 2012 doomsday prophesy.
KENT NEWS: Survival of the honeybee is the focus of a new study aimed at saving their dwindling population by using the full weight of the law.
Preserving honeybees is important, Rogers said, because not only is there a shortage, but also the honeybee is the Kansas state insect and makes good honey.
"We're looking at a possible connection," said the source about the suspected "honeybee" gunman.
Police officer Brian Dorian was charged in the "honeybee" shootings--before forensic evidence cleared him.