beehive

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English[edit]

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A man-made beehive.

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From Middle English beehyve, equivalent to bee +‎ hive.

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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.
  6. (nonstandard) Alternative form of Beehive
    • 2004, Nicholas Tarling, International Students in New Zealand, ISBN 0476005884, page 114:
      Brian Small said that the Minister could not 'hide in the beehive any longer'
    • 2010, David Halpern, The Hidden Wealth of Nations, ISBN 0745648029, page 216:
      In New Zealand, this approach is taken one step forward in that Ministers physically sit together up in the beehive, as their building is known, rather than being based in the Departments.
    • 1977, New Zealand Libraries - Volumes 40-42, ISBN 0745648029, page 30:
      As with other major buildings the beehive demonstrated the need for a standardized building drawing practice which could be applied — and understood
  7. (cellular automata) In Conway's Game of Life, a particular still life configuration with a rounded appearance.

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