from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several social bees of the genus Apis that produce honey, especially A. mellifera, widely domesticated as a source of honey and beeswax.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative form of honey bee.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bee that collects and stores honey; specifically, the hive-bee, Apis mellifica. See cuts under bee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. social bee often domesticated for the honey it produces
honey + bee (Wiktionary)