bumblebee

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English[edit]

Two views of a bumblebee (Bombus terrestris).

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Etymology[edit]

1520s from bumble +‎ bee, replacing Middle English humbul-be. Merged with Middle English bombeln (to boom, buzz), in the late 14th century.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbʌmbl̩bi/
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bumblebee (plural bumblebees)

  1. Any of several species of large bee in the genus Bombus
    Synonyms: (somewhat childish) buzzbee, (obsolete) humblebee, dumbledore

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