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1. A hive for bees.
2. A very busy place.
3. A woman's hairstyle in which the hair is arranged in a tall, rounded peak on top of the head.
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1. a man-made receptacle used to house a swarm of bees
2. (Hairdressing & Grooming) a dome-shaped hair style in which the hair is piled high on the head
3. a place where busy people are assembled


1. (Placename) the dome-shaped building that houses sections of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the New Zealand government
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1. a natural or constructed dwelling place for bees.
2. a crowded, busy place.
3. something resembling the shape of an artificial beehive, as a domelike hairdo for women.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beehive - any workplace where people are very busybeehive - any workplace where people are very busy
workplace, work - a place where work is done; "he arrived at work early today"
2.beehive - a structure that provides a natural habitation for beesbeehive - a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree
honeycomb - a structure of small hexagonal cells constructed from beeswax by bees and used to store honey and larvae
nest - a structure in which animals lay eggs or give birth to their young
3.beehive - a hairdo resembling a beehivebeehive - a hairdo resembling a beehive  
coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle - the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)
4.beehive - a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of beesbeehive - a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees
apiary, bee house - a shed containing a number of beehives
receptacle - a container that is used to put or keep things in
skep - a domed beehive made of twisted straw
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noun hive, colony, comb, swarm, honeycomb, apiary The reproductive product of a beehive is a swarm.
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خَلِيَّة نَحل، قَفير
arı kovanı


[ˈbiːhaɪv] Ncolmena f
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[ˈbiːhaɪv] n
(for bees)ruche f
(= hairstyle) → choucroute f
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[ˈbiːˌhaɪv] nalveare m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(biː) noun
1. a four-winged insect that makes honey.
2. (especially American) a meeting for combined work and enjoyment. a knitting bee.
ˈbeehive noun
a box in which bees are kept, and where they store their honey.
ˈbeeswax (ˈbiːzwӕks) noun
the yellowish solid substance produced by bees for making their cells, and used in polishing wood.
a bee in one's bonnet
an idea which has become fixed in one's mind. She has a bee in her bonnet about going to America.
make a bee-line for
to take the most direct way to; to go immediately to. Fred always makes a bee-line for the prettiest girl at a party.
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References in classic literature ?
I shall take her up to tea at the Beehive Tavern, if I may."
Concluding to set myself in the warm summer air next-- seeing that what is good for old claret is equally good for old age-- I took up my beehive chair to go out into the back court, when I was stopped by hearing a sound like the soft beating of a drum, on the terrace in front of my lady's residence.
One could divine by the ray of a tiny light the sort of hut in the form of a beehive where the ferryman of cows took refuge at night.
Amid just such a murmur has Master Cheever spent above sixty years; and long habit has made it as pleasant to him as the hum of a beehive when the insects are busy in the sunshine.
He always thatched the ricks--for if anything were his forte more than another, it was thatching--and when the last touch had been put to the last beehive rick, Kester, whose home lay at some distance from the farm, would take a walk to the rick-yard in his best clothes on a Sunday morning and stand in the lane, at a due distance, to contemplate his own thatching walking about to get each rick from the proper point of view.
A dog-kennel and a beehive stood outside, like symbols of old English country-life; the moon was rising behind a plantation of prosperous pear trees, the dog that came out of the kennel was reverend-looking and reluctant to bark; and the plain, elderly man-servant who opened the door was brief but dignified.
The longer he thought about it, the more repugnant became the thought of taking human life needlessly; and thus it happened that while he was trying to decide just what to do, they had come to a little clearing, at the far side of which lay a palisaded village of beehive huts.
From hence the low murmur of his pupils' voices, conning over their lessons, might be heard in a drowsy summer's day, like the hum of a beehive; interrupted now and then by the authoritative voice of the master, in the tone of menace or command, or, peradventure, by the appalling sound of the birch, as he urged some tardy loiterer along the flowery path of knowledge.
And he said if a man owned a beehive and that man died, the bees must be told about it before sun-up next morning, or else the bees would all weaken down and quit work and die.
And how much honey of hope did I carry hence into my beehives!
They were all flying from the beehives behind the hedge, and they disappeared over the hemp patch in the direction of the marsh.
He do want to get up his strength for his journey tomorrow with that load of beehives, which must be delivered, family or no.