I think I'll get back into the saddle a little – figuratively speaking.
Apiarium or apiary, a beehouse or hive, is used figuratively by old writers for a place of industry, e.g.
(1) An adjective meaning soft, either physically or figuratively, derived from Fr.
Apart from its scriptural usage, the word is applied to any gigantic marine animal such as the whale, and hence, figuratively, of very large ships, and also of persons of outstanding strength, power, wealth or influence.
The word is now generally a synonym for "monkey," but the common verb for both (as transferred figuratively to human beings) is "to ape," i.e.
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