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.
Other Word Forms
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