• WordNet 3.6
    • n beehive a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees
    • n beehive any workplace where people are very busy
    • n beehive a hairdo resembling a beehive
    • n beehive a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Houses of Parliament, in Beehive frame Houses of Parliament, in Beehive frame
An observation beehive An observation beehive

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Any Female bee in a beehive could have been the queen if she had been fed the necessary royal jelly. All female bees in a given hive are sisters.
    • n Beehive A hive for a swarm of bees. Also used figuratively.☞ A common and typical form of beehive was a domeshaped inverted basket, whence certain ancient Irish and Scotch architectural remains are called beehive houses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beehive A case or box serving as a habitation for bees. See hive.
    • n beehive The common name of a species of medic, Medicago scutellata, from the shape of its spirally coiled pod.
    • n beehive A covered cup or jug for holding honey, sugar, etc.
    • n beehive [capitalized] In astronomy, a name for Præsepe, the cluster of stars in Cancer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Beehive a case or box in which bees are kept, of straw-work, wood, &c.—Scotch Bee-skep
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Our treasure lies in the beehive of our knowledge. We are perpetually on the way thither, being by nature winged insects and honey gatherers of the mind.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A. S. béo; Ger. biene.


In literature:

I always thought honey came from a beehive.
"Every Girl's Book" by George F. Butler
It was cone-shaped and covered with straw like a huge beehive.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
In the rush of action from the delegates, reporters, clerks, and messengers, the place resembled a beehive.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
As in other guilds, the government of this cosmopolitan beehive was that of a despotic democracy.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
In the gloom they looked like drab little beehives set in unplanned groups, with paths for streets wandering between them.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
There was a crowd of roistering boys and rosy-cheeked girls, who made the old school-house hum like a beehive.
"Our Young Folks, Vol 1, No. 1" by Various
Viewed from the railway the clustered houses surround the church spire like an enormous beehive.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
I imagine that every young woman in this vast beehive of homes has just such a bedroom.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
In that beehive of a place she had been utterly alone with horror in her soul.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Before I got through, Cousin E. E. was at the door, with her beehive bonnet on, and wrapped up in fur.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens

In poetry:

And as it twists, and curls, and sweels,
From out its leaping heart there come
Sounds sweet as far—off village bells,
Or swarming bee—hive's honeyed hum.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin
The beehives sleep; and round the walk,
The garden path, from stalk to stalk
The bungling beetle booms,
Where two soft shadows stand and talk
Among the blooms.
"Evening On The Farm" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Adrienne Muller (right), Dawn L Troupe (left) and Cheryl B Scales deliver the soul in ' Beehive .'.
San Jose Stage takes a trip to the '60s in ' Beehive '.
What Happens When You Cross a Goat With a Beehive .
According to local Beekeeper Craig Greene, every third bite of food we consume is thanks to pollination by bees and these classes will touch on the importance of bees in our environment and teach beginning beekeepers how to start a beehive.
Though she's known for her trademark beehive and tattoo-covered body, Amy Winehouse doesn't think of herself as a style icon.
Brigham Young University Dining Executive Chef John McDonald was named the 2012 Utah Chef of the Year by the Beehive Chef's Association.
Awards and ribbons were handed out in 24 different categories of competition, ranging from beehives to beeswax candle making.
Beehive at Smith College a ' colossal ' challenge.
Live stage productions, a new fantasy novel and the Beehive State's favorite basketball team are the topics of our latest installment of Trending With TX.
This year, that beehive will be even busier: the volunteer total of 75 is nearly double last year's total of 40.
Then, in 2008, state law was tweaked to allow for the brewing of full-strength beer with the caveat that it be sold packaged, not on draft , in the Beehive State.
However, the Beehive State still ranked among the ten highest foreclosure rates in the nation, according to a report.
Goats, pigs and beehives are not allowed.
DIY beehives make Orlando backyards sweeter.
Jack Canada and his wife, Frances, tend to 12 beehives on their Hilltop farm.

In science:

Praesepe, also known as the Beehive cluster or Messier 44, appears in this image. Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images