One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Relating to bees.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Jones also fills the text with knowledgeable references to bee-keeping and the apian colony as utopian ideal.’
- ‘Critics borrowed the apian metaphor from Seneca's eighty-fourth letter to Lucilius, ‘On Gathering Ideas.’’
Early 19th century: from Latin apianus, from apis ‘bee’.
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