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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species;

2. a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bee \Bee\, p. p. of Be; -- used for been. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bee \Bee\ (b[=e]), n. [AS. be['o]; akin to D. bij and bije, Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.] 1. (Zool.) An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family Apid[ae] (the honeybees), or family Andrenid[ae] (the solitary bees.) See Honeybee. [1913 Webster] Note: There are many genera and species. The common honeybee (Apis mellifica) lives in swarms, each of which has its own queen, its males or drones, and its very numerous workers, which are barren females. Besides the Apis mellifica there are other species and varieties of honeybees, as the Apis ligustica of Spain and Italy; the Apis Indica of India; the Apis fasciata of Egypt. The bumblebee is a species of Bombus. The tropical honeybees belong mostly to Melipoma and Trigona. [1913 Webster] 2. A neighborly gathering of people who engage in united labor for the benefit of an individual or family; as, a quilting bee; a husking bee; a raising bee. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] The cellar . . . was dug by a bee in a single day. --S. G. Goodrich. [1913 Webster] 3. pl. [Prob. fr. AS. be['a]h ring, fr. b?gan to bend. See 1st Bow.] (Naut.) Pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through; -- called also bee blocks. [1913 Webster] Bee beetle (Zool.), a beetle (Trichodes apiarius) parasitic in beehives. Bee bird (Zool.), a bird that eats the honeybee, as the European flycatcher, and the American kingbird. Bee flower (Bot.), an orchidaceous plant of the genus Ophrys (Ophrys apifera), whose flowers have some resemblance to bees, flies, and other insects. Bee fly (Zool.), a two winged fly of the family Bombyliid[ae]. Some species, in the larval state, are parasitic upon bees. Bee garden, a garden or inclosure to set beehives in; an apiary. --Mortimer. Bee glue, a soft, unctuous matter, with which bees cement the combs to the hives, and close up the cells; -- called also propolis. Bee hawk (Zool.), the honey buzzard. Bee killer (Zool.), a large two-winged fly of the family Asilid[ae] (esp. Trupanea apivora) which feeds upon the honeybee. See Robber fly. Bee louse (Zool.), a minute, wingless, dipterous insect (Braula c[ae]ca) parasitic on hive bees. Bee martin (Zool.), the kingbird (Tyrannus Carolinensis) which occasionally feeds on bees. Bee moth (Zool.), a moth (Galleria cereana) whose larv[ae] feed on honeycomb, occasioning great damage in beehives. Bee wolf (Zool.), the larva of the bee beetle. See Illust. of Bee beetle. To have a bee in the head or To have a bee in the bonnet. (a) To be choleric. [Obs.] (b) To be restless or uneasy. --B. Jonson. (c) To be full of fancies; to be a little crazy. "She's whiles crack-brained, and has a bee in her head." --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] beebalm
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

bee n 1: any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species 2: a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

24 Moby Thesaurus words for "bee": boutade, bumblebee, conceit, cornhusking, crotchet, drone, fancy, freak, honeybee, hornet, humor, husking, idea, impulse, megrim, queen, queen bee, quilting bee, raising bee, vagary, wasp, whim, worker, yellow jacket
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Bee First mentioned in Deut. 1:44. Swarms of bees, and the danger of their attacks, are mentioned in Ps. 118:12. Samson found a "swarm of bees" in the carcass of a lion he had slain (Judg. 14:8). Wild bees are described as laying up honey in woods and in clefts of rocks (Deut. 32:13; Ps. 81:16). In Isa. 7:18 the "fly" and the "bee" are personifications of the Egyptians and Assyrians, the inveterate enemies of Israel.
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Bee -- U.S. County in Texas Population (2000): 32359 Housing Units (2000): 10939 Land area (2000): 880.143320 sq. miles (2279.560638 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.170296 sq. miles (0.441064 sq. km) Total area (2000): 880.313616 sq. miles (2280.001702 sq. km) Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48 Location: 28.411702 N, 97.746289 W Headwords: Bee Bee, TX Bee County Bee County, TX
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Bee, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska Population (2000): 223 Housing Units (2000): 89 Land area (2000): 0.247993 sq. miles (0.642298 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.247993 sq. miles (0.642298 sq. km) FIPS code: 03600 Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31 Location: 41.005857 N, 97.057969 W ZIP Codes (1990): 68314 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Bee, NE Bee