Honeybee
Honeybee Hon"ey*bee`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any bee of the genus {Apis}, which lives in communities and collects honey, esp. the common domesticated hive bee ({Apis mellifica}), the Italian bee ({Apis ligustica}), and the Arabiab bee ({Apis fasciata}). The two latter are by many entomologists considered only varieties of the common hive bee. Each swarm of bees consists of a large number of workers (barren females), with, ordinarily, one queen or fertile female, but in the swarming season several young queens, and a number of males or drones, are produced. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • honeybee — hon·ey·bee hən ē .bē n a honey producing bee (Apis and related genera) esp a European bee (A. mellifera) introduced worldwide and kept in hives for the honey it produces …   Medical dictionary

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