honeybee or hon·ey bee [huhn-ee-bee] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any bee that collects and stores honey, especially Apis mellifera.

Origin of honeybee First recorded in 1560–70; honey + bee1 Examples from the Web for honey-bee Historical Examples of honey-bee

  • On this account the honey-bee is called white man’s fly by the Indians.

    Harper’s Young People, October 5, 1880


  • But neither cup nor mug will pass, Without his honey-bee, sir!

    The Pioneers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The sweetest smelling flower is that which is nearest—so sings the honey-bee.

    The Wild Huntress

    Mayne Reid

  • The pain inflicted is about the same as that caused by the sting of the honey-bee.

    Lippincott’s Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878


  • But as Honey-Bee made hers very badly, George struck her fingers with his spade.


    Anatole France

  • British Dictionary definitions for honey-bee honeybee noun

    1. any of various social honey-producing bees of the genus Apis, esp A. mellifera, which has been widely domesticated as a source of honey and beeswaxAlso called: hive bee

    Word Origin and History for honey-bee n.

    also honeybee, 1560s, from honey (n.) + bee.

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