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Definition: queen bee
n : fertile egg-laying female bee
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Definition: Queen bee
, n. [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cw[=e]n
wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. qu[=a]n wife, woman, Icel.
kv[=a]n wife, queen, Goth. q[=e]ns. [root]221. See Quean
1. The wife of a king.
2. A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female
monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of
In faith, and by the heaven's quene. --Chaucer.
3. A woman eminent in power or attractions; the highest of
her kind; as, a queen in society; -- also used
figuratively of cities, countries, etc. “ This queen of
cities.” “ Albion, queen of isles.”
4. The fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees,
ants, and termites.
5. (Chess) The most powerful, and except the king the most
important, piece in a set of chessmen.
6. A playing card bearing the picture of a queen; as, the
queen of spades.
. [Cf. OE. quyne aple quince apple.] A kind of
apple; a queening. “Queen apples and red cherries.”
(Zo["o]l.), a female bee, especially the female
of the honeybee. See Honeybee
(Zo["o]l.), a very large West Indian cameo
conch (Cassis cameo
). It is much used for making cameos.
, the wife of a reigning king. --Blackstone.
, the widow of a king.
, formerly a revenue of the queen consort of
England, arising from gifts, fines, etc.
, a queen dowager who is also mother of the
reigning king or queen.
Queen of May
. See May queen
, under May
Queen of the meadow
(Bot.), a European herbaceous plant
). See Meadowsweet
Queen of the prairie
(Bot.), an American herb (Spir[ae]a lobata
) with ample clusters of pale pink flowers.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of very
large and handsome crested ground pigeons of the genus
, native of New Guinea and the adjacent islands.
They are mostly pale blue, or ash-blue, marked with white,
and have a large occipital crest of spatulate feathers.
Called also crowned pigeon
, and Victoria pigeon
, or Queen regnant
, a queen reigning in her
. See King's Bench
, Queen's evidence
. See King's counsel
, under King
(Bot.), an American plant (Stillinqia sylvatica
) of the Spurge family, having an herbaceous
stem and a perennial woody root.
(Metal.), an alloy somewhat resembling pewter
or britannia, and consisting essentially of tin with a
slight admixture of antimony, bismuth, and lead or copper.
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Queen pigeon
, glazed English earthenware of a cream color.
(Old Chem.), a heavy yellow powder
consisting of a basic mercuric sulphate; -- formerly
called turpetum minerale
, or Turbith's mineral