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Topic: INSECTS

Language: Old English
Origin: beo

bee

noun
     
bee
bee [countable]
1HBI a black and yellow flying insect that makes honey and can sting you:
a swarm of bees
a bee sting
2

have a bee in your bonnet (about something)

informal to think something is so important, so necessary etc that you keep mentioning it or thinking about it:
Dad's got a bee in his bonnet about saving electricity.
3

sewing/quilting etc bee

American English informal an occasion when people, usually women, meet in order to do a particular type of work
4

a busy bee

spoken someone who enjoys being busy or active
5

be the bee's knees

spoken old-fashioned to be very good:
She thought the party was just the bee's knees.
spelling bee

; ➔ the birds and the bees

at bird (3)
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