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  • noun Alternative spelling of humblebee.


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  • [4006] An ass overwhelmed a thistlewarp's nest, the little bird pecked his galled back in revenge; and the humble-bee in the fable flung down the eagle's eggs out of

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Mounsieur Cobweb, good mounsieur, get you your weapons in your hand, and kill me a red-hipped humble-bee on the top of a thistle; and, good mounsieur, bring me the honey-bag.

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • No, no, no, your son was misled with a snipt-taffeta fellow there, whose villanous saffron would have made all the unbaked and doughy youth of a nation in his colour: your daughter-in-law had been alive at this hour, and your son here at home, more advanced by the king than by that red-tailed humble-bee

    All’s Well That Ends Well

  • “Send our youngest child out with my dinner to-day, she has always been good and obedient, and will stay in the right path, and not run about after every wild humble-bee, as her sisters did.”

    Household Tales

  • The humble-bee came a second time, but the hare again rubbed it off and slept on.

    Household Tales

  • There is a kind of humble-bee that builds a cone-shaped nest of clay against a stone or in some similar situation, besmearing the clay with something like spittle.

    The History of Animals

  • Guido kept quite still while the humble-bee was on his knee, knowing that he should not be stung if he did not move.

    Short Stories and Selections for Use in the Secondary Schools

  • The drumming humble-bee [Transcriber's note: bumble-bee?] voice of the crowd below the windows watching Volney Sprague's bulletin suddenly lifted in a lion roar.

    The Henchman

  • "Oho!" said the humble-bee, rising and preparing to take his departure.


  • Guido nearly stepped on a humble-bee -- buzz-zz! the bee was so alarmed he actually crept up Guido's knickers to the knee, and even then knocked himself against a wheat-ear when he started to fly.

    Short Stories and Selections for Use in the Secondary Schools


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