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Definition: Bee martin
, n. [F. martin, from the proper name Martin.
One of several species of swallows, usually having the tail
less deeply forked than the tail of the common swallows.
[Written also marten
Note: The American purple martin
, or bee martin
or Progne purpurea
), and the European house martin
, or window martin
), are the best known species.
(a) The bank swallow. See under Bank
(b) The fairy martin. See under Fairy
(a) The purple martin.
(b) The kingbird.
, the bank swallow.
(b[=e]), n. [AS. be['o]; akin to D. bij and bije,
Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh.
Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) An insect of the order Hymenoptera
(the honeybees), or family
(the solitary bees.) See Honeybee
Note: There are many genera and species. The common honeybee
) lives in swarms, each of which has
its own queen, its males or drones, and its very
numerous workers, which are barren females. Besides the
there are other species and varieties
of honeybees, as the Apis ligustica
of Spain and
Italy; the Apis Indica
of India; the Apis fasciata
of Egypt. The bumblebee
is a species of Bombus
tropical honeybees belong mostly to Melipoma
2. A neighborly gathering of people who engage in united
labor for the benefit of an individual or family; as, a
quilting bee; a husking bee; a raising bee. [U. S.]
The cellar . . . was dug by a bee in a single day.
3. pl. [Prob. fr. AS. be['a]h ring, fr. b?gan to bend. See
.] (Naut.) Pieces of hard wood bolted to the
sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays
through; -- called also bee blocks
(Zo["o]l.), a beetle (Trichodes apiarius
parasitic in beehives.
(Zo["o]l.), a bird that eats the honeybee, as the
European flycatcher, and the American kingbird.
(Bot.), an orchidaceous plant of the genus
), whose flowers have some
resemblance to bees, flies, and other insects.
(Zo["o]l.), a two winged fly of the family
. Some species, in the larval state, are
parasitic upon bees.
, a garden or inclosure to set beehives in; an
, a soft, unctuous matter, with which bees cement
the combs to the hives, and close up the cells; -- called
(Zo["o]l.), the honey buzzard.
(Zo["o]l.), a large two-winged fly of the family
(esp. Trupanea apivora
) which feeds upon
the honeybee. See Robber fly
(Zo["o]l.), a minute, wingless, dipterous insect
) parasitic on hive bees.
(Zo["o]l.), the kingbird (Tyrannus Carolinensis
) which occasionally feeds on bees.
(Zo["o]l.), a moth (Galleria cereana
larv[ae] feed on honeycomb, occasioning great damage in
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of the bee beetle. See
Illust. of Bee beetle
To have a bee in the head
or To have a bee in the bonnet
(a) To be choleric. [Obs.]
(b) To be restless or uneasy. --B. Jonson.
(c) To be full of fancies; to be a little crazy. “She's
whiles crack-brained, and has a bee in her head.”
--Sir W. Scott.