Africanized bee definition

  • noun:
    • A hybrid stress of honeybee introduced into Brazil inside mid-1950s and distinguished by aggressive traits including the tendency to mass swarm and sting with great regularity. The bee was developed by a geneticist attempting to produce a commercial honeybee better modified towards tropics. Also referred to as Africanized honeybee, killer bee.
    • a-strain of bees that originated from Brazil inside 1950s as a cross between an aggressive African bee and a honeybee; maintains a lot of the qualities of African bee; now spread as far north as Texas

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