carpenter bee
noun Date: 1838 any of various solitary bees (genera Xylocopa and Ceratina) that nest in wood

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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