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Definition: To have a bee in the bonnet
(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.
(b[o^]n"n[e^]t), n. [OE. bonet, OF. bonet,
bonete. F. bonnet fr. LL. bonneta, bonetum; orig. the name of
a stuff, and of unknown origin.]
1. A headdress for men and boys; a cap. [Obs.] --Milton.
2. A soft, elastic, very durable cap, made of thick, seamless
woolen stuff, and worn by men in Scotland.
And p?i?s and bonnets waving high. --Sir W.
3. A covering for the head, worn by women, usually protecting
more or less the back and sides of the head, but no part
of the forehead. The shape of the bonnet varies greatly at
different times; formerly the front part projected, and
spread outward, like the mouth of a funnel.
4. Anything resembling a bonnet in shape or use; as,
(a) (Fort.) A small defense work at a salient angle; or a
part of a parapet elevated to screen the other part
from enfilade fire.
(b) A metallic canopy, or projection, over an opening, as
a fireplace, or a cowl or hood to increase the draught
of a chimney, etc.
(c) A frame of wire netting over a locomotive chimney, to
prevent escape of sparks.
(d) A roofing over the cage of a mine, to protect its
occupants from objects falling down the shaft.
(e) In pumps, a metal covering for the openings in the
5. (Naut.) An additional piece of canvas laced to the foot of
a jib or foresail in moderate winds. --Hakluyt.
6. The second stomach of a ruminating animal.
7. An accomplice of a gambler, auctioneer, etc., who entices
others to bet or to bid; a decoy. [Cant]
8. (Automobiles) The metal cover or shield over the motor;
predominantly British usage. In the U.S. it is called the
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
(Zo["o]l.), a name given, from their shape,
to various species of shells (family Calyptr[ae]id[ae]
(Zo["o]l.), an East Indian monkey (Macacus sinicus
), with a tuft of hair on its head; the munga.
, a gold coin of the time of James V. of
Scotland, the king's head on which wears a bonnet. --Sir
To have a bee in the bonnet
. See under Bee
. See under Black
. See in the Vocabulary.