Definitions

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  • adj. Having no sting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no sting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no sting, as an insect.

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

  • adj. without a sting

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Examples

  • Harvested from log nests, the stingless bee honey was used as a sweetener, an antibiotic, and to make the fermented honey drink called balché, a ritual alcoholic beverage similar to the European mead.

    Honey: A sweet Maya legacy

  • The ancient Maya considered the stingless melliponine bee (Apidae melliponinae), native to the tropical forests of the Yucatan peninsula, to be a link to the spirit world, given to them by the bee god, Ah Muzen Cab.

    Honey: A sweet Maya legacy

  • Out of over 500 species of tropical stingless bees, the Maya have always favored Melipona beecheii, which they call kolil kab, meaning "royal lady."

    Honey: A sweet Maya legacy

  • Smithsonian entomologist David Roubik points out that the stingless bee, rather than non-native species, has been essential to the pollination of tropical forest plants, and when the bee is in peril, so is the local ecology.

    Honey: A sweet Maya legacy

  • And although this was appealing to the honey producers, the combination of Africanized bees and deforestation has meant a decline in the population of stingless bees.

    Honey: A sweet Maya legacy

  • And as a dessert liqueur, try Xtabentun, made from the honey of stingless bees.

    Honey: A sweet Maya legacy

  • Africanized bees, a hybrid of European bees and African bees that were brought to Brazil and spread throughout the Americas, are more aggressive and produce greater amounts of honey than either stingless bees or European honey bees.

    Honey: A sweet Maya legacy

  • He and his colleagues have produced instructional material in Spanish and Maya languages to promote the propagation of stingless bees, thereby building up a breeding stock to be reintroduced into the wild.

    Honey: A sweet Maya legacy

  • The introduction of Africanized bees to the Yucatan a half century ago has placed the ancient stingless beekeeping tradition in peril.

    Honey: A sweet Maya legacy

  • I have the same problem with picking up wasp-mimicking or bee-mimicking hoverflies, even though I can see, from their possession of only one pair of wings, that they are stingless flies.

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