Apis mellifera

Definitions of Apis mellifera
  1. noun
    social bee often domesticated for the honey it produces
    synonyms: honeybee
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    Africanized bee, Africanized honey bee, Apis mellifera adansonii, Apis mellifera scutellata, killer bee
    a strain of bees that originated in Brazil in the 1950s as a cross between an aggressive African bee and a honeybee; retains most of the traits of the African bee; now spread as far north as Texas
    German bee, black bee
    dark-colored ill-tempered honeybee supposedly of German origin
    Carniolan bee
    greyish highly productive European honeybee that has a quiet disposition
    Italian bee
    yellowish honeybee resembling the Carniolan bee in its habits
    type of:
    any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
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