One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Relating to bees.
- ‘Critics borrowed the apian metaphor from Seneca's eighty-fourth letter to Lucilius, ‘On Gathering Ideas.’’
- ‘Jones also fills the text with knowledgeable references to bee-keeping and the apian colony as utopian ideal.’
- ‘My bees were living in the very best apian luxury and they refused to come out of the hive to pollinate the flowers in my garden and make honey.’
Early 19th century: from Latin apianus, from apis ‘bee’.
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