• WordNet 3.6
    • n honeybee social bee often domesticated for the honey it produces
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes 12 honeybees to make one teaspoon of honey
    • n Honeybee (Zoöl) Any bee of the genus Apis, which lives in communities and collects honey, esp. the common domesticated hive bee (Apis mellifica), the Italian bee (Apis ligustica), and the Arabiab bee (Apis fasciata). The two latter are by many entomologists considered only varieties of the common hive bee. Each swarm of bees consists of a large number of workers (barren females), with, ordinarily, one queen or fertile female, but in the swarming season several young queens, and a number of males or drones, are produced.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Honeybees use the sun as a compass which helps them navigate
    • n honeybee A bee that collects and stores honey; specifically, the hive-bee, Apis mellifica. See cuts under bee.
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In literature:

For a month or more, Laura fed like a honeybee on the sweets of success.
"The Getting of Wisdom" by Henry Handel Richardson
When butterflies flit, and honeybees hum?
"Home Geography For Primary Grades" by C. C. Long
The early honeybee was hovering over the dew-laden petals.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
The queen honeybee often lays as many as 4000 eggs in twenty-four hours.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Honey is composed largely of invert sugars gathered by the honeybee from the nectar of flowers.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
One day a honeybee strolled that way.
"Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year" by E.C. Hartwell
They eat some honeybees, but for every bee thus taken they destroy ten noxious insects.
"Bird Day; How to prepare for it" by Charles Almanzo Babcock
Osmotar took the pod and rubbed it between her hands and knees, and there flew out of it a honeybee.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
He is the honeybee of mankind.
"Conflict of Northern and Southern Theories of Man and Society" by Henry Ward Beecher
Honeybees they'd brought from Earth were buzzing the flowers Martha had planted all around.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The honeybee, though abundant in the foothills, has not yet got so high.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
Gold belted honeybees hummed a song of contentment in every flowery cluster.
"Bee and Butterfly" by Lucy Foster Madison
You don't know a honeybee from a bumblebee.
"The Jonathan Papers" by Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
What is the home of wild honeybees?
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
But Lem was not there, and she continued on to the old honeybee tree, where he sat on a log in deep meditation.
"The Red Debt" by Everett MacDonald
In this way he found that the honeybee, for example, could evidently distinguish different colors.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter

In poetry:

Box borders edge each little bed,
Paths narrow for a child to tread
Divide the kitchen garden, dear
And sweet with musk and lavender,
And water-mints and beans in bloom.
Be sure the honeybee's at home.
"The Garden" by Katharine Tynan
Behind her, seen through vines and orchard trees,
Gray with its twinkling windows—like the face
Of calm old age that sits and dreams at ease—
Porched with old roses, haunts of honeybees,
The homestead loomed within a lilied space.
"The Picture" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

It appears that we've finally figured out whether it's a virus or a fungus that's reponsible for the collapse of honeybee colonies over the past few years.
DENVER — It has been one of the great murder mysteries of the garden: what is killing off the honeybees .
Honeybees inside a healthy hive near Missoula, Mont.
The mysterious deaths of the honeybees .
Honeybees live in crowded, warm hives, where diseases should be easily transmitted.
The bee genome could have a more immediate impact on the $15 billion pollination industry, in which researchers are becoming concerned about declining populations of honeybees .
Cerana – has rapidly spread throughout the continent since it was first discovered among European honeybees in two US states in 1987.
"Having colonies of honeybees near your garden is excellent insurance".
Premiere of Blake Shelton's ' Honeybee .
Us enjoying the game then meeting the honeybees after.
Honeybee Night at the Arena Click to enlarge.
Photo Carol T Bradford CAROL'S TIP: It's not just honeybees that pollinate.
Let's not forget that the honeybee is our state insect.
Kentucky's fruit and vegetable crops rely on honeybees for pollination.
While scientists ponder the reasons for the collapse of honeybees, fruit farmers face extra pressure to pollinate their crops.

In science:

See also Passino et al. (2008) for a related, more academic comparison of honeybee swarms and neurons.
Collective Intelligence in Humans: A Literature Review