• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hive-nest a large nest built and occupied by several pairs of birds in common
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hýf.


In literature:

A besieged city must perforce be a nest of gossip, a hive of cock-and-bull stories.
"The Bastonnais" by John Lesperance
By sacrificing its life for the hive or the nest, it satisfies an altruistic or social instinct.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
In some localities, cliffs resemble bee hives, they having thousands of these nests side by side and in tiers.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Bird and bee flit from tree to tree, from blue-bell to rose, till at sun-set they hie away to nest and hive.
"The First Little Pet Book with Ten Short Stories in Words of Three and Four Letters" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
He called it the tree ant from its habit of building hives or nests in trees.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam

In poetry:

In sunny South and prairied West
Are exiled hearts remembering still,
As bees their hive, as birds their nest,
The homes of Haverhill.
"Kenoza Lake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There lay thy Sonne: and must he leave that nest,
That hive of sweetnesse, to remove
Thraldome from those, who would not at a feast
Leave one poor apple for thy love?
O show thy self to me,
Or take me up to thee!
"Home" by George Herbert

In news:

'Hornet's Nest' is a riveting hive of conspiracies facing goth heroine.