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Bee Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    bee n
  1. any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
  2. a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions
Bee Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bee \Bee\, p. p. of Be; -- used for been. [Obs.] --Spenser.
Bee Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bee \Bee\ (b[=e]), n. [AS. be['o]; akin to D. bij and bije, Icel. b?, Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.]
  1. (Zo["o]l.) An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family Apid[ae] (the honeybees), or family Andrenid[ae] (the solitary bees.) See Honeybee. Note: There are many genera and species. The common honeybee (Apis mellifica) lives in swarms, each of which has its own queen, its males or drones, and its very numerous workers, which are barren females. Besides the A. mellifica there are other species and varieties of honeybees, as the A. ligustica of Spain and Italy; the A. Indica of India; the A. fasciata of Egypt. The bumblebee is a species of Bombus. The tropical honeybees belong mostly to Melipoma and Trigona.
  2. A neighborly gathering of people who engage in united labor for the benefit of an individual or family; as, a quilting bee; a husking bee; a raising bee. [U. S.] The cellar . . . was dug by a bee in a single day. --S. G. Goodrich.
  3. pl. [Prob. fr. AS. be['a]h ring, fr. b?gan to bend. See 1st Bow.] (Naut.) Pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through; -- called also bee blocks. Bee beetle (Zo["o]l.), a beetle (Trichodes apiarius) parasitic in beehives. Bee bird (Zo["o]l.), a bird that eats the honeybee, as the European flycatcher, and the American kingbird. Bee flower (Bot.), an orchidaceous plant of the genus Ophrys (O. apifera), whose flowers have some resemblance to bees, flies, and other insects. Bee fly (Zo["o]l.), a two winged fly of the family Bombyliid[ae]. Some species, in the larval state, are parasitic upon bees. Bee garden, a garden or inclosure to set beehives in; an

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Bee'

Bees are flying insects of the Order Hymenoptera, which also includes ants, wasps and sawflies. There are about 20,000 species of bees. Bees collect pollen from flowers. Bees can be found on all continents except Antarctica.

Bees fall into four groups:

The European honey bee (called Apis mellifera by biologists), are kept by humans for honey. Keeping bees to make honey is called beekeeping, or apiculture.

The earliest animal-pollinated flowers were pollinated by insects such as beetles, long before bees first appeared. Bees are different because they are specialized as pollination agents, with behavioral and physical modifications that make pollination easier. Bees are generally better at the task than other pollinating insects such as beetles, flies, butterflies and pollen wasps. The appearance of such floral specialists is believed to have driven the adaptive radiation of the angiosperms, and, in turn, the bees themselves.

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* Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway. - Mary Kay Ash

* We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne. - Marcus Aelius Aurelius

* We get new ideas from God every hour of our day when we put our trust in Him -- but we have to follow that inspiration up with perspiration -- we have to work to prove our faith. Remember that the bee that hangs around the hive never gets any honey. - Albert E. Cliffe

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Bee Sample Sentences in News

  • St. Paul inspectors call them unlivable. Landlord says they're just homes
    Supporters of Bee Vue describe him as a turn-around artist providing homes for those in need. His critics, though, say those homes are often unfit to live in. Read more on this news related to 'Bee'
  • Boulder's first bee-safe neighborhood struts its stuff
    Bees joined a group walk in Boulder today, and, perhaps sensing the visitors' friendly intentions, no one reported being stung. Read more on this news related to 'Bee'
  • Bee studies give Nicholls student new insights
    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Nicholls State University freshman Brook Hoover wants to use lessons learned from a summer helping with honey bee research to educate others about world hunger. Read more on this news related to 'Bee'

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