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Any of various solitary bees of the genus Xylocopa that bore tunnels into wood to lay their eggs.
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(Animals) any large solitary bee of the genus Xylocopa and related genera that lays its eggs in tunnels bored into wood or in plant stems: family Apidae
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any of several solitary bees of the family Apidae that build nests by boring tunnels in wood.
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|Noun||1.||carpenter bee - large solitary bee that lays eggs in tunnels bored into wood or plant stems|
bee - any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
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