honeybee definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a number of social bees of the genus Apis that produce honey, specially A. mellifera, extensively domesticated as a source of honey and beeswax.
    • alternate form of honey-bee.
    • Any bee regarding the genus Apis, which lives in communities and collects honey, esp. the typical domesticated hive bee (Apis mellifica), the Italian bee (Apis ligustica), therefore the Arabiab bee (Apis fasciata). The two latter tend to be by many entomologists considered only types of the normal hive bee. Each swarm of bees is composed of most workers (barren females), with, ordinarily, one queen or fertile feminine, but in the swarming period a few youthful queens, and a number of guys or drones, are manufactured.
    • A bee that accumulates and shops honey; specifically, the hive-bee, Apis mellifica. See cuts under bee.
    • personal bee often domesticated the honey it produces

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