Definition of apiary in English:



  • A place where bees are kept; a collection of beehives.

    • ‘An unusual auction of apiary equipment is set to take place at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, at Murton Park, York, tomorrow.’
    • ‘Before applying insecticides hazardous to bees, operators should check with the Consolidated Farm Service Agency to locate apiaries.’
    • ‘Together they work the land, supporting a successful raw milk dairy, a community orchard, an apiary, and a medicinal and culinary herb garden.’
    • ‘In some cases, they could be assigned to another experimental colony as the colonies were all located in the same apiary.’
    • ‘He was also introduced to members of the school's apiary club who produce pounds of honey each year to sell locally.’
    • ‘The apiary was located 12 km away from the original site to prevent older bees from returning to their original nest site if they recognized the landscape.’
    • ‘In the case of an apiary producing honey naturally, however, raising queen bees locally is the best practice.’
    • ‘But the man who owns the apiary in question is a fascinating character himself.’
    • ‘Anecdotal reports suggest that there have been many introductions of new strains of bees to boost the gene bank of the New Zealand apiary industry - even though this was illegal.’
    • ‘The colonies were placed in two study apiaries in Grahamstown, South Africa.’
    • ‘He told delegates that beekeeping in Ireland has long been associated with monastic settlements and that one early monastery was named after an apiary.’
    • ‘The results they produce will be used by the students at the Native American Summer Institute, who maintain an apiary.’
    • ‘They visited a lily garden where they had morning tea, and an apiary where they had afternoon tea.’
    • ‘This year Greg is endeavoring to add to his apiary by catching a wild swarm.’
    • ‘After he retired he used one of the boxes to melt beeswax in support of his apiary.’
    • ‘The study was conducted in an apiary in Sheffield, UK, during July 1999.’
    • ‘Attention refocused on hives at Upper Mill when Councillor Brian Angus, the borough mayor, wore a protective suit to officially open the refurbished apiary on April 9.’
    • ‘All the honey bees in the apiary have long since been Africanized.’
    • ‘He has kept an apiary for the past 10 years.’
    • ‘When he was inspector of apiaries, he made the regulation that apiaries should be kept at least 200 metres from the nearest resident and 100 metres from the nearest roadway.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin apiarium, from apis ‘bee’.