Carpenter bee
Carpenter Car"pen*ter, n. [OF. carpentier, F. charpentier, LL. carpentarius, fr. L. carpentum wagon, carriage.] An artificer who works in timber; a framer and builder of houses, ships, etc.

Syn: {Carpenter}, {Joiner}.

Usage: The carpenter frames and puts together roofs, partitions, floors, and other structural parts of a building. The joiner supplies stairs, doors shutters, mantelpieces, cupboards, and other parts necessary to finishing the building. In America the two trades are commonly united. [1913 Webster]

{Carpenter ant} (Zo["o]l.), any species of ant which gnaws galleries in the wood of trees and constructs its nests therein. They usually select dead or somewhat decayed wood. The common large American species is {Formica Pennsylvanica}.

{Carpenter bee} (Zo["o]l.), a large hymenopterous insect of the genus {Xylocopa}; -- so called because it constructs its nest by gnawing long galleries in sound timber. The common American species is {Xylocopa Virginica}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • carpenter bee — n. any of certain solitary bees (family Anthophoridae) that bore tunnels in timber and lay eggs in them …   English World dictionary

  • Carpenter bee — Taxobox name = Carpenter bees image width = 200px image caption = carpenter bee ( X. violacea ) robbing nectar regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera subordo = Apocrita superfamilia = Apoidea familia = Apidae… …   Wikipedia

  • carpenter bee — any of several solitary bees of the family Apidae that nest in solid wood, boring tunnels in which to deposit their eggs. [1830 40] * * * ▪ insect       any of a group of small bees in the family Anthophoridae (order Hymenoptera) that are found… …   Universalium

  • carpenter-bee — carˈpenter bee or carˈpenter ant noun A bee or ant that excavates its nest in wood • • • Main Entry: ↑carpenter …   Useful english dictionary

  • carpenter bee — noun large solitary bee that lays eggs in tunnels bored into wood or plant stems • Hypernyms: ↑bee • Member Holonyms: ↑Xylocopa, ↑genus Xylocopa …   Useful english dictionary

  • carpenter bee — n. type of solitary bee that dig tunnels in wood and lay its eggs there …   English contemporary dictionary

  • carpenter bee — noun a large solitary black bee with purplish wings, which nests in tunnels bored in dead wood or plant stems. [Genus Xylocopa.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • carpenter bee — car′penter bee n. ent any of several solitary bees of the family Apidae that build nests by boring tunnels in wood • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • carpenter bee — /ˈkapəntə bi/ (say kahpuhntuh bee) noun any of various solitary bees of the family Xylocopidae that make their nests in wood, boring tunnels in which to deposit their eggs …   Australian English dictionary

  • carpenter bee — noun Date: 1838 any of various solitary bees (genera Xylocopa and Ceratina) that nest in wood …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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