from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of bees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to bees; beely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to bees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to bees.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or having the characteristics of bees


From Latin apis, bee.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
19th Century, from Latin apiānus, from apis ("bee"). (Wiktionary)


  • Because the bees do not speak in plain language, but in cryptic phrases that appear nonsensical to those untrained in the apian way.

    The light that draws the flower

  • Football fans will perhaps be unsurprised to learn that the vuvuzela, whose apian drone soundtracked yet another summer of hurt, has blared its way into the dictionary's pages.

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  • Plus, I refuse to use the slave labor products of my captive apian-friends.

    Bound but not Gagged

  • If Bee runs, look for apian puns in the press and on this blog.

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  • It's maybe three hundred feet down the mountain, so the whole thing is laid out like apian.

    Running Blind

  • For the human shell is not merely geometrical and architectural, like those of apian or beaverish communities; it holds and expresses all those differences by which we are exalted above the bee or the beaver.

    Civics: as Applied Sociology

  • The boxes can be variously configured, whether into a two-story wildlife B&B or a high-rise hotel, to suit your apian lodgers 'every need.

    Fast Company

  • These are produced by the bees on the outside of the cluster performing what can best be described as highly co-ordinated apian moonies.

    The Guardian World News

  • I actually had another card ( apian rushmore card ..similar age but a better card) ...

    Kubuntu Forums

  • BBC talking about the apian health crisis and the perilous honey business.



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