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English

Etymology 1

A bee

From Old English bēo, from Proto-Germanic *bēō, from Proto-Germanic *bhī-. Cognate with Dutch bij, Upper German Beie, Swedish bi; and (from Indo-European) with Latvian bite, Russian пчела (pčelá), Old Irish bech.

Pronunciation

Homophones

Noun

Singular
bee

Plural
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bee ({{{1}}})
  1. A flying insect, of the order Hymenoptera, superfamily Apoidea.
  2. A contest, especially for spelling, see spelling bee.
  3. A gathering for a specific purpose, e.g. a sewing bee or a quilting bee.
Translations
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Etymology 2

(Northern development of) Old English bēah.

Noun

Singular
bee

Plural
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bee ({{{1}}})
  1. (obsolete) A ring or torque; a bracelet.
    • 1658: ...restoring unto the world much gold richly adorning his Sword, two hundred Rubies, many hundred Imperial Coynes, three hundred golden Bees, the bones and horseshoe of his horse enterred with him... — Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial (Penguin 2005, p. 16)

Etymology 3

Variant spellings.

Verb

bee

  1. Archaic spelling of the verb be.
    • Quotations
    1604 Reverend Cawdrey Table Aleph: held that a ‘Nicholaitan is an heretike, like Nicholas, who held that wiues should bee common to all alike.’

Etymology 4

Noun

Singular
bee

Plural
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bee ({{{1}}})
  1. The letter B, b.
Translations

Finnish

Noun

bee (stem be-*)

  1. The letter B, b.

Latin

Interjection

bee!

  1. baa (sound of a sheep)

Manx

Noun

bee

  1. food

Verb

bee

  1. To be.

Tetum

Alternative forms

Noun

bee

  1. water

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