bee

A bee is a fuzzy, buzzing insect that flies and sometimes stings. Many flower gardens are especially planned to attract bees.

Bees have two pairs of wings and a long tongue-like proboscis that's used for collecting nectar from flowers. Bees are vital in the health of many plants, because they help to pollinate them, spreading pollen so they can reproduce and spread. Some bees also make honey. Because bees appear to be constantly moving and buzzing, since the mid-1500's they'e been equated with hard workers, as in the phrases "worker bee" and "busy as a bee."

Definitions of bee
  1. noun
    any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
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    drone
    stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen
    Apis mellifera, honeybee
    social bee often domesticated for the honey it produces
    carpenter bee
    large solitary bee that lays eggs in tunnels bored into wood or plant stems
    bumblebee, humblebee
    robust hairy social bee of temperate regions
    cuckoo-bumblebee
    a bee that is parasitic in the nests of bumblebees
    andrena, andrenid, mining bee
    a bee that is a member of the genus Andrena
    Nomia melanderi, alkali bee
    a common solitary bee important for pollinating alfalfa in the western United States
    leaf-cutter, leaf-cutter bee, leaf-cutting bee
    bee that cuts rounded pieces from leaves and flowers to line its nest
    mason bee
    any of numerous solitary bees that build nests of hardened mud and sand
    potter bee
    solitary bee that builds nests of mud or pebbles cemented together and attached to a plant
    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
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    hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect
    insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing
  2. noun
    a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions
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    quilting bee
    a gathering to make quilts
    cornhusking, husking bee
    a social gathering for the purpose of husking corn
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    social affair, social gathering
    a gathering for the purpose of promoting fellowship
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