Definition of bumblebee in English:

bumblebee

noun

  • A large hairy social bee which flies with a loud hum, living in small colonies in holes underground.

    Genus Bombus, family Apidae: many species

    Also called humble-bee
    • ‘The harmonic radar has been used before to track the flights of bumblebees and honeybees.’
    • ‘Orchids there use their purplish pink flowers and strong scent to dupe queen bumblebees (the orchids' main pollinators in Sweden) into thinking the plants harbor nectar.’
    • ‘An abundance of parasites, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, tapeworms, and the larvae of flies, wasps, and moths, are known to infect bumblebees.’
    • ‘Skippers, bumblebees and hummingbirds know which garden they prefer: They'll flock to a yard full of colorful, nectar-rich flowers.’
    • ‘There were more cries, and then a faint sound like a bumblebee, but lower, and growing louder as if approaching.’
    • ‘There were just tons of bumblebees out there this spring, when the honeybees were in the hives because it was too cold.’
    • ‘The mites don't affect other bee pollinators, such as bumblebees and leaf-cutting bees.’
    • ‘It lunges at anything small enough to eat that passes in front of its nose, mostly grasshoppers, but also bumblebees, moths, and sometimes its own young.’
    • ‘Then they waited to see which shape - hypertubular or flared - was more attractive to bumblebees and ants.’
    • ‘They were flying around the trees and occasionally landing on the grass, apparently not to visit the clover flowers as the bumblebees do but just to wander about before flying off.’
    • ‘Flowers are pollinated mainly by an anthophorid bee, Ptilothrix bombiformis Cresson, and by a bumblebee, Bombus pennsylvanicus DeGeer.’
    • ‘Considering that until relatively recently there was no explanation for the flight of the humble bumblebee, this research will greatly expand our understanding of small-scale aerodynamics.’
    • ‘Unlike honeybees, however, bumblebees do not leave their stings behind.’
    • ‘Enclosing bumblebees permits us to control the pollen parent, as well as the female parent.’
    • ‘Black flies, wasps, and bumblebees may be the bane of backyard barbecues, but their keen ability to navigate from potato chip to hamburger to bare arm is the inspiration for a host of robots that may soon be hailed as international heroes.’
    • ‘We've had early sightings of bumblebees in people's gardens because they are no longer hibernating throughout the winter.’
    • ‘Both species bloom during mid summer to early fall, and are pollinated by either hummingbirds (L. cardinalis) or bumblebees (L. siphilitica).’
    • ‘Everything in this country - daffodils, primroses, almond trees, bumblebees, nesting birds - is a month ahead of schedule.’
    • ‘A restaurant's courtyard in Oaxaca is covered with a lavender-flowering vine, attracting bumblebees and small birds.’
    • ‘Mature plants of A.fistulosum (‘Welsh’ onion) flower in spring, attracting myriads of bumblebees and other pollinating insects.’

Pronunciation

bumblebee

/ˈbʌmb(ə)lbiː/