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or honey bee  (hŭn′ē-bē′)
Any of several social bees of the genus Apis that produce honey and are native to Eurasia and Africa, especially A. mellifera, widely domesticated as a source of honey and beeswax and often kept in hives.


(Animals) any of various social honey-producing bees of the genus Apis, esp A. mellifera, which has been widely domesticated as a source of honey and beeswax. Also called: hive bee


or hon′ey bee`,

any bee that collects and stores honey, esp. Apis mellifera.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.honeybee - social bee often domesticated for the honey it produceshoneybee - social bee often domesticated for the honey it produces
bee - any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
Apis, genus Apis - type genus of the Apidae: honeybees
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
black bee, German 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
نَحْلة الخَلِيَّه
abejaabeja de mielabeja melífera
abeilleabeille à miel
mézelő méh


[ˈhʌnɪbiː] Nabeja f


[ˈhʌnibiː] honey-bee nabeille f à mielhoney-coloured [ˈhʌnikʌlərd] adj [stone] → couleur de miel; [hair] → couleur de miel


[ˈhʌnɪˌbiː] nape f


(ˈhani) noun
1. a sweet, thick fluid made by bees from the nectar of flowers. bread and honey.
2. (especially American) darling (used when speaking to someone one loves).
ˈhoneybee noun
a bee in a hive, bred for producing honey.
ˈhoneycomb noun
the mass formed by rows of wax cells in which bees store their honey.
ˈhoneymoon noun
a holiday spent immediately after one's marriage. We went to London for our honeymoon; (also adjective) a honeymoon couple.
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We want to see more bee-friendly planting and we want the Government to give research into the plight of the honeybee its fair share of money.
Dr Jeri Wright, director of the Newcastle University Honeybee Lab, said that understanding how honeybees learn to detect these toxins could ultimately help to breed plants that don't produce them and so protect the bees.
Without the honeybee, agriculture - and civilization itself - would be in serious jeopardy.
Honeybee numbers have been hit in recent years, with beekeepers reporting "unacceptably" high losses of hives over the past few winters.
The SHB females will pick out a honeybee colony which is in stress and does not have enough bees to cover every square inch of comb to police and protect it.
Promotion of honeybee products is also a role we take seriously.
The minister yesterday met the WBKA at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells following the launch of Assembly initiatives to combat a fall in honeybee numbers of 10-15% in the past two years.
Honeybee colonies that foraged over treated fields and those that foraged over untreated ones grew at about the same rate, report Maj Rundlof of Lund University in Sweden and colleagues.
Elliott Naishtat's proposal to name the western honeybee as the official State Pollinator of Texas.
In recent years, due to the transport improvement in mountain area and increasing needs for honey, large amounts of western honeybee flood into remote mountain in in Qinling area in nectar flow season from May to June in every year.
Around one in 10 honeybee colonies were lost between the beginning of October 2013 and the end of March 2014, compared to a third of colonies which failed to survive in 2012/2013, the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) winter survival survey reveals.
Disruption to this important function has profound implications for honeybee colony survival, because bees that cannot learn will not be able to nd food and return to their hives.