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Meaning of BEE

Pronunciation:  bee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
  2. [n]  a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions

BEE is a 3 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: alkali bee, andrena, andrenid, Apis mellifera, Apoidea, bumblebee, carpenter bee, cornhusking, cuckoo-bumblebee, drone, honeybee, humblebee, husking bee, hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect, leaf-cutter, leaf-cutter bee, leaf-cutting bee, mason bee, mining bee, Nomia melanderi, potter bee, quilting bee, social affair, social gathering, superfamily Apoidea



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bee\,
    p. p. of {Be}; -- used for been. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  2. \Bee\ (b[=e]), n. [AS. be['o]; akin to D. bij and bije,
    Icel. b?, Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir.
    beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) An insect of the order {Hymenoptera}, and
       family {Apid[ae]} (the honeybees), or family
       {Andrenid[ae]} (the solitary bees.) See {Honeybee}.
    Note: There are many genera and species. The common honeybee
          ({Apis mellifica}) lives in swarms, each of which has
          its own queen, its males or drones, and its very
          numerous workers, which are barren females. Besides the
          {A. mellifica} there are other species and varieties of
          honeybees, as the {A. ligustica} of Spain and Italy;
          the {A. Indica} of India; the {A. fasciata} of Egypt.
          The {bumblebee} is a species of {Bombus}. The tropical
          honeybees belong mostly to {Melipoma} and {Trigona}.
    2. 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. [U. S.]
             The cellar . . . was dug by a bee in a single day.
                                                   --S. G.
    3. pl. [Prob. fr. AS. be['a]h ring, fr. b?gan to bend. See
       1st {Bow}.] (Naut.) Pieces of hard wood bolted to the
       sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays
       through; -- called also {bee blocks}.
    {Bee beetle} (Zo["o]l.), a beetle ({Trichodes apiarius})
       parasitic in beehives.
    {Bee bird} (Zo["o]l.), a bird that eats the honeybee, as the
       European flycatcher, and the American kingbird.
    {Bee flower} (Bot.), an orchidaceous plant of the genus
       {Ophrys} ({O. apifera}), whose flowers have some
       resemblance to bees, flies, and other insects.
    {Bee fly} (Zo["o]l.), a two winged fly of the family
       {Bombyliid[ae]}. Some species, in the larval state, are
       parasitic upon bees.
    {Bee garden}, a garden or inclosure to set beehives in; an
       apiary. --Mortimer.
    {Bee glue}, a soft, unctuous matter, with which bees cement
       the combs to the hives, and close up the cells; -- called
       also {propolis}.
    {Bee hawk} (Zo["o]l.), the honey buzzard.
    {Bee killer} (Zo["o]l.), a large two-winged fly of the family
       {Asilid[ae]} (esp. {Trupanea apivora}) which feeds upon
       the honeybee. See {Robber fly}.
    {Bee louse} (Zo["o]l.), a minute, wingless, dipterous insect
       ({Braula c[ae]ca}) parasitic on hive bees.
    {Bee martin} (Zo["o]l.), the kingbird ({Tyrannus
       Carolinensis}) which occasionally feeds on bees.
    {Bee moth} (Zo["o]l.), a moth ({Galleria cereana}) whose
       larv[ae] feed on honeycomb, occasioning great damage in
    {Bee wolf} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of the bee beetle. See
       Illust. of {Bee beetle}.
    {To have a bee in the head} or {in the bonnet}.
       (a) To be choleric. [Obs.]
       (b) To be restless or uneasy. --B. Jonson.
       (c) To be full of fancies; to be a little crazy. ``She's
           whiles crack-brained, and has a bee in her head.''
           --Sir W. Scott.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of bees, symbolizes good luck, harmony, and bliss. Bees are also symbolic of work and industry as represented by the common phrase "busy as a bee." Dreaming that you are stung by a bee means unexpected misfortune. You will be surrounded by trouble and severely reprimanded.
Easton Bible Dictionary

First mentioned in Deut. 1:44. Swarms of bees, and the danger of their attacks, are mentioned in Ps. 118:12. Samson found a "swarm of bees" in the carcass of a lion he had slain (Judg. 14:8). Wild bees are described as laying up honey in woods and in clefts of rocks (Deut. 32:13; Ps. 81:16). In Isa. 7:18 the "fly" and the "bee" are personifications of the Egyptians and Assyrians, the inveterate enemies of Israel.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: boutade, bumblebee, conceit, cornhusking, crotchet, drone, fancy, freak, honeybee, hornet, humor, husking, idea, impulse, megrim, queen, queen bee, quilting bee, raising bee, vagary, wasp, whim, worker, yellow jacket