Humblebee Hum"ble*bee`, n. [OE. humbilbee, hombulbe; cf. D. hommel, G. hummel, OHG. humbal, Dan. humle, Sw. humla; perh. akin to hum. [root]15. Cf. {Bumblebee}.] (Zo["o]l.) The bumblebee. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • humblebee — [hum′bəl bē΄] n. [ME humbylbee < humblen, to hum, akin to hummen (see HUM1) + bee] BUMBLEBEE …   English World dictionary

  • humblebee — Bumblebee Bum ble*bee , n. [OE. bumblen to make a humming noise (dim. of bum, v. i.) + bee. Cf. {Humblebee}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A large bee of the genus {Bombus}, sometimes called {humblebee}; so named from its sound. [1913 Webster] Note: There are many …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • humblebee — /hum beuhl bee /, n. Chiefly Brit. bumblebee. [1400 50; late ME humbul be; akin to D hommel drone, G Hummelbiene kind of wild bee, MLG homelbe; prob. akin to HUM] * * * …   Universalium

  • humblebee — noun A bumblebee. The fox, the ape, and the humble bee …   Wiktionary

  • humblebee — n. bumblebee, large and hairy bee (non stinging) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • humblebee — n. Bumblebee …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • humblebee — hum•ble•bee [[t]ˈhʌm bəlˌbi[/t]] n. brit. bumblebee • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME humbulbe, perh. < MLG homelbe; cf. MD hommel drone, OHG humbal …   From formal English to slang

  • humblebee — /ˈhʌmbəlbi/ (say humbuhlbee) noun → bumblebee (def. 1). {late Middle English humbulbe, incorporating Germanic root hummel to hum, with epenthetic b} …   Australian English dictionary

  • humblebee — noun robust hairy social bee of temperate regions • Syn: ↑bumblebee • Hypernyms: ↑bee • Member Holonyms: ↑Bombus, ↑genus Bombus * * * /hum beuhl bee /, n. Chiefly Brit. bumblebee. [1400 50; late ME …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bumble bee — For other uses, see Bumblebee (disambiguation) and Bombus (disambiguation). Bombus Bombus terrestris Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

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