A wretched hive of scum and villainy.
To hive a swarm of bees.
- to depart from a group
- to separate from the wholehived off the first graders to another playground.
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Origin of hive
- Middle English from Old English hȳf
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English hyfe, from Old English hȳf, from Proto-Germanic *hūbī (compare Dutch huif ‘beehive’, Danish dialect huv ‘ship's hull’), from Proto-Indo-European *kuHp- (“water vessel”) (compare Latin cūpa ‘tub, vat’, Ancient Greek κύπη (kyphē) ‘gap, hole’, κύπελλον (kýpellon) ‘beaker’, Sanskrit kū́pa ‘cave’), from *kew- (“to bend, curve”). The computing term was chosen as an in-joke relating to bees; see .