• Head of Worker Bee
    Head of Worker Bee
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bee any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
    • n bee a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions
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Additional illustrations & photos:

7. Mouth parts of a Humble Bee 7. Mouth parts of a Humble Bee
33. Bee Louse and Larva 33. Bee Louse and Larva
212. Head of Humble bee 212. Head of Humble bee
Roberts-Mackensen bee insemination instrument, 1944 Roberts-Mackensen bee insemination instrument, 1944
flowers and bees flowers and bees
The honey-bee The honey-bee

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In one day, a queen bee can lay up to 1500 eggs in one day
    • Bee p. p. of Be; -- used for been.
    • Bee 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 . "The cellar . . . was dug by a bee in a single day."
    • Bee (Zoöl) An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family Apidæthe honeybees), or family Andrenidæthe solitary bees.) See Honeybee.
    • Bee (Naut) Pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through; -- called also bee blocks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The speed at which honey bees fly is at 15 miles per hour
    • n bee An insect of the genus Apis; a hive-bee or honey-bee. See Apis. The common honey-bee, A. mellijica, has from the earliest periods been kept in hives for its wax and honey. It is also found wild in great numbers (now especially in North America, where the bee was introduced by the European colonists), storing honey in hollow trees or in other suitable situations. It lives in swarms or societies of from 10,000 to 50,000 individuals. These swarms contain three classes of bees—the perfect females or queen bees, the males or drones, and the imperfect or undeveloped females, called neuters, constituting the working bees. In each hive or swarm there is only one female or queen, whose sole office is to propagate the species. The queen is much larger than the other bees. When she dies, a young working bee three days old is selected, its cell is enlarged by breaking down the partitions, its food is changed to royal jelly or paste, and it grows into a queen. The queen lays 2,000 eggs a day. The drones serve merely for impregnating the queen, after which they are destroyed by the neuters. These last are the laborers of the hive. They collect the honey, form the cells, and feed the other bees and the young. They are furnished with a proboscis by which they suck the honey from flowers, and a mouth by which they swallow it, conveying it then to the hive in their stomachs, whence they disgorge it into the cells. The pollen of flowers settles on the hairs with which their body is covered, whence it is collected into pellets by a brush on their second pair of legs, and deposited in a hollow in the third pair. It is called bee-bread, and is the food of the larvæ or young. The adult bees feed on honey. The wax was at one time supposed to be formed from pollen by a digestive process, but it is now ascertained that it is formed by secretion from the honey. The females and neuters have a barbed sting attached to a bag of poison, which flows into the wound inflicted by the sting. When a hive becomes overstocked a new colony is sent out under the direction of a queen bee. This is called swarming. Besides the common bee, A. mellifica, there are the A. fascicata, domesticated in Egypt; the A. ligustica, or Ligurian bee of Italy and Greece, introduced generally into apiaries in other lands; the A. unicolor of Madagascar; the A. indica, etc.
    • n bee Any aculeate hymenopterous insect of the division Mellifera or Anthophila, comprising the families Apidœ and Andrenidœ, and including, besides the hive-bees of the genus Apis, the mason-bees, carpenter-bees, bumblebees, etc. See cuts under Anthophora, carpenter-bee, and Hymenoptera.
    • n bee An assemblage of persons who meet to engage in united labor for the benefit of an individual or a family, or in some joint amusement: so called from the combined labor of the bees of a hive: as, a quilting-bee, a husking-bee, a spelling-bee, etc.
    • n bee To be restless or uneasy.
    • n bee To be somewhat crazy.
    • n bee A ring of metal, usually an ornament for the arm or neck; a collar or brooch; sometimes, a finger-ring.
    • n bee Nautical, a ring or hoop of metal through which to reeve stays. See bee-block.
    • n bee [capitalized] In astronomy, the constellation generally called Apis or Musca.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sole purpose of a drone bee is to mate with the queen bee
    • n Bee a four-winged insect that makes honey:
    • Bee Compound words are Bee′-flow′er, Bee′-gar′den, Bee′-house, Bee′-mas′ter
    • adj Bee shaped like a beehive, dome-shaped
    • v.t Bee to polish with beeswax
    • n Bee (U.S.) a gathering of persons to unite their labour for the benefit of one individual or family, or for some joint amusement or exercise, as 'a quilting bee,' 'a husking bee,' 'a spelling bee' (from the bee's habit of combined labour)
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  • Kenneth Kaunda
    Kenneth Kaunda
    “When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.”
  • Muhammad Ali
    “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.”


Bee in your bonnet - If someone is very excited about something, they have a bee in their bonnet.
Bee's Knees - If something is the bee's knees, it's outstanding or the best in its class.
Birds and the bees - If a child is taught about the birds and the bees, they are taught about sex.
Busy as a bee - If you are as busy as a bee, you are very busy indeed.
Hive of worker bees - A hive of worker bees is a group of people working actively and cooperatively. Example: The classroom was a hive of worker bees.
Queen bee - The queen bee is a woman who holds the most important position in a place.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. beó,; akin to D. bij, and bije, Icel. , Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha,. √97
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A. S. béo; Ger. biene.


In literature:

If we would witness the labours of the industrious Bee, we must repair to her workshop during the latter half of May.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Bees and many other insects do precisely same thing.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
Still, he was not absolute proof against bees.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
A remarkable case is that of certain Beetles which are parasitic on Solitary Bees.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
This splendid palace had been built by the grateful queen bee, who had summoned all the other bees in the kingdom to help her.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
I ain't agoing to have all the bother of a bee without something to show for't.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Them bees sho' do give me trouble an' it looks like I can't lose 'em.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
In Australia the imported hive-bee is rapidly exterminating the small, stingless native bee.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
At Island Ford is General Bee and Colonel Hampton's legion, also Stuart's cavalry.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Neither the Bumble Bee nor the Wasp worry me.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

We are never like
Idle butterflies,
But like the busy bees,
Industrious and wise."
"Work, Neighbor, Work!" by Louisa May Alcott
O Bee!
While I believed you gathering in the sun
Nectar so busily,
What have you done?
"Mischief To A Bee" by Mary Webb
Delilah is the Delicate, Rachel
the Ewe Lamb,
Deborah the Bee
and Esther the Bright Star.
"Lost Paradise" by Jaroslav Seifert
My primroses,
That gave a greenish, pale moonshine,
O mischief-making bees!
Are red as wine.
"Mischief To A Bee" by Mary Webb
Let your voice be delicate.
The bees are home:
All their day's love is sunken
Safe in the comb.
"Song Be Delicate" by John Shaw Neilson
Milkwort on its low stem,
Spread hawthorn tree,
Sunlight patching the wood,
A hive-bound bee....
"Fox's Dingle" by Robert Graves

In news:

Custom House abuzz with bees.
Vacant homes may be drawing more bees, says removal expert.
Spelling bee champion triumphs with ' cymotrichous '.
Spelling bee champion Sukanya Roy held on through repeated perfect rounds – where no spellers made any mistakes – to triumph at the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Girl aces ' cymotrichous ' to win Spelling Bee.
Sacramento Bee reporter, Cynthia H Craft, demonstrates how to pick up a dead bird for testing of West Nile disease.
The Bee's Knees: Music With A Definite Buzz.
It's the dog days of summer, but the sound of the season belongs to the bees.
Workers run into bee problem while demolishing Franklin Elementary.
Grant Gillard uses a vacuum device to collect bees from the eaves of the old Franklin Elementary building Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Cape Girardeau.
Back before retiring, I would always receive calls in July about bees, with most of the calls concerning either a swarm of bees settling on the side of a house or taking up residence inside a wall.
( Dickie ) Stallings, age 69 of Seymour, was born the son of James (Bee) and Rebecca Stallings of Mascot on December 9, 1942, and went home to be with his Heavenly Father October 10, 2012.
Since 2006, much of the West has experienced unusually sharp declines in honeybee numbers, so much so that the unprecedented decline was given a name: Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon where worker bees seem to simply vanish.
A mass die-off of honey bees in April in Ohio was not due to pesticides, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Although the manner in which the bees died suggested that they had been poisoned by pesticides, the results did not agree.

In science:

Next, for each value of t and each edge e ∈ E (γ ) there will be a finite number of states Ts′ e,t which contribute e,t | (ℓ) beE k ((cid:3)) | Ts > do to the sum over s′ and which are mutually orthogonal for different e, t.
Consistency Check on Volume and Triad Operator Quantisation in Loop Quantum Gravity II
Clearly, we want the total operator to be self-adjoint, so we will calculate the adjoint of (ℓ)beE k (St ) and define the total 2 ( beE k (St ) + cfE † k (St )) that is self-adjoint by construction.
Consistency Check on Volume and Triad Operator Quantisation in Loop Quantum Gravity II
Recall from the discussion in section 4.3 that the action of both operators bEk (S ), (ℓ)beE k (S ) on any SNF was totally determined by its action on single edges of type up, down, in and out, and that the latter two were annihilated by this operator.
Consistency Check on Volume and Triad Operator Quantisation in Loop Quantum Gravity II
The Explicit Action of (ℓ)beE k ,tot(St) If the operator acts on such a state |β j12 n12>m′ it will basically add two additional edges e3 and e4 to the SNF.
Consistency Check on Volume and Triad Operator Quantisation in Loop Quantum Gravity II
Consequently, we know that if we applied the corresponding operator on an incoming state |β j12 m12 >, the action of (ℓ)beE k (S ) would change the intertwiner at the vertex v(γ ) by 0, ±1.
Consistency Check on Volume and Triad Operator Quantisation in Loop Quantum Gravity II