bee fly
noun Date: 1753 any of a family (Bombyliidae) of dipteran flies many of which resemble bees

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  • Bee fly — Bee Bee (b[=e]), n. [AS. be[ o]; akin to D. bij and bije, Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect of the order {Hymenoptera}, and family {Apid[ae]} (the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bee fly — ee fly (b[=e] fl[imac] ), n. any dipterous insect of the family {Bombyliidae}, which eat nectar and in some cases resemble bees. Their larvae are parasitic on the larvae of bees and other insects. [WordNet 1.5 + PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bee fly — bee′ fly n. ent any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Bombyliidae, some of which resemble bees • Etymology: 1850–55, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • bee fly — ☆ bee fly n. any of a family (Bombyliidae) of dipterous flies that look like bees and feed on nectar and pollen …   English World dictionary

  • bee fly — noun hairy nectar eating fly that resembles a bee; larvae are parasitic on larvae of bees and related insects • Hypernyms: ↑fly • Member Holonyms: ↑Bombyliidae, ↑family Bombyliidae * * * noun 1. : any of numerous flies constituting a family ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • bee fly — any of numerous dipterous insects of the family Bombyliidae, some of which resemble bees. [1850 55, Amer.] * * * ▪ insect  any insect of the family Bombyliidae (order Diptera). Many resemble bees, and most have long proboscises (feeding organs)… …   Universalium

  • bee fly — noun a squat, hairy bee like fly whose larvae are generally parasites of bees and wasps. [Family Bombyllidae: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bee-fly — /ˈbi flaɪ/ (say bee fluy) noun any fly of the dipterous family Bombyliidae, members of which more or less resemble bees …   Australian English dictionary

  • Bee — (b[=e]), n. [AS. be[ o]; akin to D. bij and bije, Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect of the order {Hymenoptera}, and family {Apid[ae]} (the honeybees),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bee beetle — Bee Bee (b[=e]), n. [AS. be[ o]; akin to D. bij and bije, Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect of the order {Hymenoptera}, and family {Apid[ae]} (the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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