Africanized honeybee


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Af·ri·can·ized honeybee

 (ăf′rĭ-kə-nīzd′)
n.
A honeybee that is found throughout South America, Central America, and southern North America and has the tendency to sting with great frequency. It is a hybrid between an African subspecies that was inadvertently released in Brazil in the 1950s and a European subspecies that was already present in South America. Also called killer bee.

Af′ri•can•ized hon′eybee

(ˈæf rɪ kəˌnaɪzd)
n.
an American hybrid of the African and European honeybees produced by the mingling of domesticated European colonies with an expanding and migrating African colony that escaped from an apiary in Brazil.
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