Definition of bumblebee in US English:

bumblebee

noun

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

    Genus Bombus, family Apidae: many species

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both species bloom during mid summer to early fall, and are pollinated by either hummingbirds (L. cardinalis) or bumblebees (L. siphilitica).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were more cries, and then a faint sound like a bumblebee, but lower, and growing louder as if approaching.’
    • ‘Unlike honeybees, however, bumblebees do not leave their stings behind.’
    • ‘Flowers are pollinated mainly by an anthophorid bee, Ptilothrix bombiformis Cresson, and by a bumblebee, Bombus pennsylvanicus DeGeer.’
    • ‘An abundance of parasites, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, tapeworms, and the larvae of flies, wasps, and moths, are known to infect bumblebees.’
    • ‘There were just tons of bumblebees out there this spring, when the honeybees were in the hives because it was too cold.’
    • ‘Then they waited to see which shape - hypertubular or flared - was more attractive to bumblebees and ants.’
    • ‘We've had early sightings of bumblebees in people's gardens because they are no longer hibernating throughout the winter.’
    • ‘Mature plants of A.fistulosum (‘Welsh’ onion) flower in spring, attracting myriads of bumblebees and other pollinating insects.’
    • ‘Enclosing bumblebees permits us to control the pollen parent, as well as the female parent.’
    • ‘A restaurant's courtyard in Oaxaca is covered with a lavender-flowering vine, attracting bumblebees and small birds.’
    • ‘Everything in this country - daffodils, primroses, almond trees, bumblebees, nesting birds - is a month ahead of schedule.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Skippers, bumblebees and hummingbirds know which garden they prefer: They'll flock to a yard full of colorful, nectar-rich flowers.’
    • ‘The harmonic radar has been used before to track the flights of bumblebees and honeybees.’
    • ‘The mites don't affect other bee pollinators, such as bumblebees and leaf-cutting bees.’

Pronunciation

bumblebee

/ˈbəmbəlˌbē//ˈbəmbəlˌbi/