Now Chiefly Dial., Literary bumblebee
Origin of humblebeeMiddle English humbylbee ; from humblen, to hum, akin to hummen (see hum) + bee, bee
Origin of humblebeeMiddle English humbulbe : possibly Middle Dutch hummel + Middle English be, bee, bee; see bee1.
- 1800's, Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Humblebee
- Burly, dozing humblebee,
- Where thou art is clime for me.
- 1859, Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species
- Hence I have very little doubt, that if the whole genus of humble-bees became extinct or very rare in England, the heartsease and red clover would become very rare, or wholly disappear.