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 Beehive (disambiguation) on Wikipedia


A man-made beehive.


From Middle English beehyve, equivalent to bee +‎ hive.



beehive (plural beehives)

  1. An enclosed structure in which some species of honey bees (genus Apis) live and raise their young.
  2. A man-made structure in which bees are kept for their honey.
  3. (figuratively)  Any place full of activity, or in which people are very busy.
  4. A women's hairstyle, popular in the 1960s, in which long hair is styled into a hive-shaped form on top of the head and usually held in place with lacquer. Also, a style of hat.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away,  [] .
  5. A type of anti-personnel ammunition round containing flechettes, and characterised by the buzzing sound made as they fly through the air.
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, page 179)
      By the time it was over, Stone had been blown thirty feet through the air by a beehive round as he was running across a field, knocked out by the concussion of the blast.


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