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bumblebee Explained

bumblebee at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1500-1600; Origin: bumble 'to make a low continuous sound' (14-17 centuries) (from the sound) + bee]// a large hairy bee//

bumblebee at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any member of two genera constituting the insect tribe Bombini (family Apidae, order Hymenoptera), found almost worldwide but most common in temperate climates. Bumblebees are robust and hairy, average about 0.6-1 in. (1.5-2.5 cm) in length, and are usually black with broad yellow or orange bands. Bombus species are nest builders, often nesting in the ground, commonly in deserted bird or mouse nests. They live in organized groups, with a queen, drones, and workers (see caste). Psithyrus species are social parasites (see parasitism); they lay their eggs in Bombus nests, where the eggs and larvae are cared for by Bombus workers.

bumblebee at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

a large hairy bee that makes a loud noise as it flies

Bumblebee at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bumblebee \Bum"ble*bee`\, n. [OE. bumblen to make a humming
noise (dim. of bum, v. i.) + bee. Cf. {Humblebee}.]
A large bee of the genus {Bombus}, sometimes called
{humblebee}; -- so named from its sound.

Note: There are many species. All gather honey, and store it
in the empty cocoons after the young have come out.

bumblebee at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bee \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.

bumblebee at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : robust hairy social bee of temperate regions [syn: {humblebee}]

bumblebee at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a
Category: Image - :Bombus terrestris01.jpg|thumb|Two views of a bumblebee

Alternative forms

* bumble bee, bumble-bee


* Inter: audio » En-us-bumblebee.ogg|Audio (US)


Inter: en-nou » n
  • Any of several species of large bee in the genus Bombus.


    * Inter: sense » large bee dumbledore

    Related terms

    * bee
    • large garden bumblebee
    • Cullem's bumblebee
    • short-haired bumblebee
    • great yellow bumblebee


      Inter: trans-top » genus of bee
    • Albanian: Inter: t+ » sq|arëz|f, Inter: t- » sq|grerëz|f
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|طنانة|f|tr=ṭannāna|alt=طَنّانَة|sc=Arab, Inter: t- » ar|نحلة|f|tr=náḥla|sc=Arab
    • Aragonese: bombus
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|իշամեղու|tr=išameġu
    • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|чмель|m|tr=čmelʹ|sc=Cyrl
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|земна пчела|f|tr=zemna pčelá|sc=Cyrl
    • Catalan: borinot {{m}}
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|大黃蜂|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|大黄蜂|tr=dàhuángfēng|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|熊蜂|tr=xióngfēng|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|čmelák|m
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|humlebi
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|hommel|f
    • Erzya: мода мекш (moda meksh)
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|burdo
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|kimalane
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kimalainen
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|bourdon|m
    • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|ბაზი|tr=bazi|sc=Geor
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Hummel|f
    • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|דבורה|f|tr=dvora|sc=Hebr
    • Hiligaynon: agogoling
    • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|भँवर|m|tr=bhaṅvar, Inter: t- » hi|भँवरा|m|tr=bhaṅvrā, Inter: t- » hi|भ्रमर|m|tr=bhramar
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|dongó, Inter: t+ » hu|poszméh
    • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|hunangsfluga
    • Ido: burdono
    • Irish: Inter: t+ » ga|bumbóg|f
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|bombo|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|円花蜂|tr=まるはなばち, maruhanabachi|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|丸花蜂|tr=まるはなばち, maruhanabachi|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|マルハナバチ|tr=maruhanabachi|sc=Jpan
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|뒝벌|tr=dwengbeol|sc=Kore
    • Latgalian: Inter: tø » ltg|kamane|f
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|kamene|f
    • Lithuanian: Inter: t- » lt|kamanė|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Maltese: Inter: t- » mt|żunżan|m
  • Manx: Inter: t- » gv|shellan breck|m, Inter: t- » gv|shellan meay|m
  • Marathi: Inter: t- » mr|भोंवर|tr=bhoṃra|sc=Deva, Inter: t- » mr|भृंग|tr=bhuṃga|sc=Deva, Inter: t- » mr|भ्रमर|tr=bhramara|sc=Deva
  • Nahuatl: xīcohtli
  • Navajo: Inter: tø » nv|tsísʼnátsoh
  • Nepali: Inter: t- » ne|भमरो|tr=bhamro|sc=Deva
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|humle
  • Pashto: Inter: t+ » ps|بورا|tr=bawrā|sc=ps-Arab
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|trzmiel|m
  • Portuguese: zangão {{m}}, mamangaba {{f}}
  • Punjabi: Inter: t- » pa|ਭੰਵਰ|m|tr=bhaṅwar|sc=Deva, Inter: t- » pa|ਭੰਵਰਾ|m|tr=bhaṅwarā|sc=Deva
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|bondar|m
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|шмель|m|tr=šmelʹ|sc=Cyrl
  • Sanskrit: Inter: t- » sa|भ्रमर|m|tr=bhramara
  • Scottish Gaelic: seillean mòr {{m}}
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|бумбар|m|alt=бу̏мба̄р|sc=Cyrl
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|bumbar|m|alt=bȕmbār
  • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|čmeľ|m
  • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|čmrlj|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|abejorro|m, Inter: t+ » es|abejarrón|m
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|humla|c
  • Telugu: తుమ్మెద
  • Thai: Inter: Thai » ผึ้งมีขนตัวใหญ่ที่ส่งเสียงหึ่งๆ (pêung mee kŏn dtua yài tĕe sòng sĭang hèung-hèung)
  • Turkish: Inter: t- » tr|hezen arısı, Inter: t+ » tr|bombus
  • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|джміль|m|tr=džmilʹ|sc=Cyrl
  • Urdu: Inter: t- » ur|بھنور|m|tr=bhaṅvar, Inter: t- » ur|بھنورا|m|tr=bhaṅvrā, Inter: t- » ur|بھرمر|m|tr=bhramar
  • Vietnamese: Inter: t+ » vi|ong nghệ
  • Vilamovian: Inter: tø » wym|humuł

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:en:Insects -
    Translation: cs » bumblebee
    Translation: de » bumblebee
    Translation: et » bumblebee
    Translation: fr » bumblebee
    Translation: ko » bumblebee
    Translation: io » bumblebee
    Translation: is » bumblebee
    Translation: it » bumblebee
    Translation: kn » bumblebee
    Translation: hu » bumblebee
    Category: nah:bumblebee -
    Translation: pl » bumblebee
    Translation: ro » bumblebee
    Translation: fi » bumblebee
    Translation: ta » bumblebee
    Translation: tr » bumblebee
    Translation: zh » bumblebee