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Definition bee

Etymology 1

From Middle English bee, from Old English bēo, from Proto-Germanic *bijō (compare West Frisian and Dutch bij, Upper German Beie, Danish and Swedish bi), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰi-, *bʰey- (compare Old Irish bech (“bee”), Welsh bydaf (“beehive”), Latin fūcus (“drone”), Latvian bite (“bee”), Russian пчела́ (pčelá, “bee”)).

Noun

bee (plural bees or (dialectal) been)

  1. A flying insect, of the clade Anthophila within the hymenopteran superfamily Apoidea, known for its organised societies (though only a minority have them), for collecting pollen and (in some species) producing wax and honey.

Etymology 2

Possibly from dialectal bene, been, bean (“help given by neighbours”), from Middle English been, bene (“neighbourly help, prayer, petition, request, extra service given by a tenant to his lord”), from Old English bēn (“prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service”) from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (“prayer, request, supplication”). Cognate with Danish bøn (“prayer”), Dutch ban (“curse”), German Bann (“ban”). More at ban.

Noun

bee (plural bees)

  1. A contest, especially for spelling; see spelling bee.
  2. A gathering for a specific purpose, e.g. a sewing bee or a quilting bee.

Etymology 3

From Middle English beeȝ, bie, bei, begh, beiȝe, bege, beah, from Old English bēah, bēag, from Proto-Germanic *baugaz.

Noun

bee (plural bees)

  1. (obsolete) A ring or torque; a bracelet.

Etymology 4

Variant spellings.

Verb

bee

  1. Obsolete spelling of be
  2. (obsolete) past participle of be; been

Etymology 5

From Middle English, from Old English be, from Latin be (the name of the letter B).

Noun

bee (plural bees)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B.

Etymology 6

Probably from Old English bēah (“ring”). Compare bow.

Noun

bee (plural bees)

  1. (nautical, usually in the plural) Any of the pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through.

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