Humblebee meaning

hŭmbəl-bē
A bumblebee.
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1800's, Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Humblebee.

Burly, dozing humblebee,

Where thou art is clime for me.

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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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
humblebee
Plural:
humblebees

Origin of humblebee

  • Middle English humbulbe possibly Middle Dutch hummel Middle English be, bee bee bee1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition