Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various large, hairy, social bees of the genus Bombus that nest underground.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several species of large bee in the genus Bombus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large bee of the genus Bombus, sometimes called humblebee; -- so named from its sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large hairy social bee of the family Apidœ, subfamily Socialiœ, and genus Bombus, species of which are found in most parts of the world.

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

  • n. robust hairy social bee of temperate regions

Etymologies

bumble2 + bee1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The causes of the recent major declines in bumblebee populations are not certain, but some factors are known to be important.

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  • 'Cause I get to ride around on a giant bumblebee, which is fantastic.

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  • Aside from having people issues and a bit of a problem with alcohol no big deal, the bumblebee was a pretty chill dude.

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  • He was still living down the grief he got when, after painting our house bright yellow and black, we became known as the bumblebee family.

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  • When I was a child, I heard a preacher say that the bumblebee is a miracle because scientists didn't know how such thin legs could support such a weight, so this was proof that God made the bumblebee!

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  • The Latin name for the bumblebee is the delicious sounding Bombus

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  • The plight of the bumblebee is a matter of great concern.

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  • The smallest bats from Thailand are called bumblebee bats and are so small you could put one in a teaspoon.

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  • I mean, it's one thing for her to hear "bumblebee" and fail to realize that it's pretty weird for the customer to want to replace the robot with a bug.

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  • Passing in front of a wall now riddled with machine-gun bullets, they raced to the roof and piled into a "bumblebee" helicopter.

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Comments

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  • Diction, please!

    October 30, 2008

  • "Bum Bill Bee". One of the characters in Geo. Herriman's Krazy Kat cartoon strip.

    October 29, 2008

  • Hence my hesitation. :-)

    October 29, 2008

  • Removing bulk tags is still manual, I think.

    October 29, 2008

  • That's true! This one, though, is a specific hummingbird name.

    Still considering retagging that list--many of the words by themselves don't suggest birdy-ness. But I'll think about it. :-)

    October 29, 2008

  • Well, you could just remove this one tag, if you wanted. :) Though I've seen enough really large bumblebees that I believe in some locales they do resemble birds...

    October 28, 2008

  • C_b's right. It's the adjective part of a bird name and is on my bird adjectives list for Bumblebee Hummingbird. However, it does make me rethink tagging all the words on that list as such....

    Bilby, you're a hairy-bodied insect? I had no idea.

    October 28, 2008

  • It's on a bird-description list, and possibly was bulk-tagged.

    October 27, 2008

  • Why is this tagged bird?

    October 27, 2008

  • I'm concerned that I fit WeirdNet's definition.

    October 27, 2008