bee

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See also: BEE, Bee, bée, beè, bêe, -bee, be'e, B.E.E., and béé

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

A bee

From Middle English bee, from Old English bēo, from Proto-Germanic *bijō (compare West Frisian and Dutch bij, Upper German Beie, Danish and Swedish bi), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰi-, *bʰey- (compare Old Irish bech (bee), Welsh bydaf (beehive), Latin fūcus (drone), Latvian bite (bee), Russian пчела́ (pčelá, bee)).

Noun[edit]

bee (plural bees or (dialectal) been)

  1. A flying insect, of the clade Anthophila within the hymenopteran superfamily Apoidea, known for its organised societies (though only a minority have them), for collecting pollen and (in some species) producing wax and honey.
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
      His face was belymmed as byes had him stounge [].
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.12:
      An angry Wasp th'one in a viall had, / Th'other in hers an hony-laden Bee.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, [], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      Can there be a more formall, and better ordered policie, divided into so severall charges and offices, more constantly entertained, and better maintained, than that of Bees?
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i], page 17:
      Ariell:
      Where the Bee ſucks, there ſuck I,
      In a Cowslips bell, I lie,
      There I cowch when Owles doe crie,
      On the Batts backe I doe flie
        after Sommer merrily.
      Merrily, merrily, ſhall I liue now
      Vnder the bloſſom that hangs on the Bow.
    • 2012, ‘Subtle poison’, The Economist, 31 March:
      Bees pollinate many of the world’s crops—a service estimated to be worth $15 billion a year in America alone.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly from dialectal bene, been, bean (help given by neighbours), from Middle English been, bene (neighbourly help, prayer, petition, request, extra service given by a tenant to his lord),[1][2] from Old English bēn (prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service) from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (prayer, request, supplication). Cognate with Danish bøn (prayer), Dutch ban (curse), German Bann (ban). More at ban.

Noun[edit]

bee (plural bees)

  1. A contest, especially for spelling; see spelling bee.
    geography bee
  2. A gathering for a specific purpose, e.g. a sewing bee or a quilting bee.
    • S. G. Goodrich
      The cellar [] was dug by a bee in a single day.
    • 1973, Alan Skeoch, ‎Tony H. Smith, Canadians and their society (page 139)
      There was but little variation in types of buildings in the pioneer period: house, church, store, barn and mill were usually much alike except in size, and a raising bee was the ordinary means of their erection.
    • 2011, Tim Blanning, "The reinvention of the night", Times Literary Supplement, 21 Sep 2011:
      Particularly resistant, for example, in many parts of northern Europe was the “spinning bee”, a nocturnal gathering of women to exchange gossip, stories, refreshment and – crucially – light and heat, as they spun wool or flax, knitted or sewed.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English beeȝ, bie, bei, begh, beiȝe, bege, beah, bye, from Old English bēah, bēag, from Proto-Germanic *baugaz.

Noun[edit]

bee (plural bees)

  1. (obsolete) A ring or torque; a bracelet.
    • 1658, Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial, Penguin 2005, page 16:
      ...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...

Etymology 4[edit]

Variant spellings.

Verb[edit]

bee

  1. Obsolete spelling of be
    • 1604 Reverend Cawdrey Table Aleph
      held that a ‘Nicholaitan is an heretike, like Nicholas, who held that wiues should bee common to all alike.’
  2. (obsolete) past participle of be; been
    Cride out, Now now Sir knight, shew what ye bee,

Etymology 5[edit]

From Middle English [Term?], from Old English be, from Latin be (the name of the letter B).

Noun[edit]

bee (plural bees)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B.
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Etymology 6[edit]

Probably from Old English bēah (ring). Compare bow.

Noun[edit]

bee (plural bees)

  1. (nautical, usually in the plural) Any of the pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through.
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  1. ^ “Archived copy”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 4 March 2012, archived from the original on 16 June 2012
  2. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bee%5B3%5D

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Aiwoo[edit]

Verb[edit]

bee

  1. (intransitive) to grow

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Aukan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English belly.

Noun[edit]

bee

  1. belly, stomach
  2. uterus, womb
  3. pregnancy
  4. lineage, family line

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Dumbea[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bee

  1. fish

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Estonian[edit]

Noun[edit]

bee (genitive [please provide], partitive [please provide])

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B.

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbeː/, [ˈbe̞ː]
  • Rhymes: -eː
  • Syllabification: bee

Noun[edit]

bee

  1. bee (The name of the Latin-script letter B.)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Speakers often use the corresponding forms of b-kirjain ("letter B, letter b") instead of inflecting this word, especially in plural.

Declension[edit]

Inflection of bee (Kotus type 18/maa, no gradation)
nominative bee beet
genitive been beiden
beitten
partitive beetä beitä
illative beehen beihin
singular plural
nominative bee beet
accusative nom. bee beet
gen. been
genitive been beiden
beitten
partitive beetä beitä
inessive beessä beissä
elative beestä beistä
illative beehen beihin
adessive beellä beillä
ablative beeltä beiltä
allative beelle beille
essive beenä beinä
translative beeksi beiksi
instructive bein
abessive beettä beittä
comitative beineen
Possessive forms of bee (type maa)
possessor singular plural
1st person beeni beemme
2nd person beesi beenne
3rd person beensä

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Hadza[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

  1. they (fem. or mixed gender)

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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An onomatopoeia.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈbɛɛ]
  • Hyphenation: bee

Interjection[edit]

bee

  1. baa (sound of a sheep)

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Latin[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

bēē

  1. baa (sound of a sheep)

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Mandinka[edit]

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Noun[edit]

bee

  1. (anatomy) vagina

Manx[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish bíad (food). Cognate with Irish bia and Scottish Gaelic biadh.

Noun[edit]

bee m (genitive singular bee, plural beeghyn)

  1. food
  2. provisions
  3. nourishment
  4. diet
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Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

bee

  1. inflection of ve:
    1. future
    2. second-person singular imperative

Mutation[edit]

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
bee vee mee
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Middle English[edit]

bee

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English bēo, from Proto-Germanic *bijō.

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Noun[edit]

bee (plural been or bees)

  1. A bee (insect that collects pollen)
    • a. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Summoner's Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, lines 1693-1696:
      Right so as bees out swarmen from an hyve, / Out of the develes ers ther gonne dryve / Twenty thousand freres on a route / And thurghout helle swarmed al aboute...
      Just like bees swarm from a hive / Out of the devil's arse there were driven / Twenty thousand friars on a rout / And throughout hell they swarmed all about...

Descendants[edit]

  • English: bee
  • Scots: bee, be, beye, bie, bea

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Navajo[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Postposition[edit]

bee

  1. with, by means of, by means of it

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Old Irish[edit]

Verb[edit]

bee

  1. second-person singular present subjunctive absolute of at·tá

San Juan Guelavía Zapotec[edit]

Noun[edit]

bee

  1. ant

References[edit]

  • López Antonio, Joaquín; Jones, Ted; Jones, Kris (2012) Vocabulario breve del Zapoteco de San Juan Guelavía[2] (in Spanish), second electronic edition, Tlalpan, D.F.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., pages 13, 25

Tetum[edit]

bee

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun[edit]

bee

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

Võro[edit]

Noun[edit]

bee (genitive [please provide], partitive [please provide])

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B.

Inflection[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.