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See also: Bee, bée, and béé

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

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 *bʱi- (compare Old Irish bech (bee), Welsh bydaf (beehive), Latin fūcus (drone), Latvian bite (bee), Russian пчела (pčelá, bee)).

NounEdit

bee (plural bees)

  1. A flying insect, of the superfamily Apoidea, known for its organised societies and for collecting pollen and 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, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      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?
    • 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 2Edit

Possibly from dialectal English 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), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeh₂- (to say, speak). Cognate with Danish bøn (prayer), Dutch ban (curse), German Bann (ban). More at ban.

NounEdit

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.
    • 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 3Edit

(Northern development of) Old English bēah.

NounEdit

bee (plural bees)

  1. (obsolete) A ring or torque; a bracelet.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VII:
      And Kynge Arthure gaff hir a ryche bye of golde; and so she departed.
    • 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 4Edit

Variant spellings.

VerbEdit

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
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

Etymology 5Edit

NounEdit

bee (plural bees)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B/b.
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Etymology 6Edit

Probably from an Old English word meaning "ring". See bow.

NounEdit

bee (plural bees)

  1. (nautical, chiefly 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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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/bee
  2. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bee%5B3%5D

EstonianEdit

NounEdit

bee (??? please provide the genitive and partitive!)

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

FinnishEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bee

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

DeclensionEdit

Usage notesEdit

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

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LatinEdit

InterjectionEdit

bee!

  1. baa (sound of a sheep)

MandinkaEdit

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NounEdit

bee

  1. (anatomy) vagina

ManxEdit

NounEdit

bee m

  1. food
  2. provisions
  3. nourishment
  4. diet

MutationEdit

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.

VerbEdit

bee

  1. future tense of ve (to be)
  2. imperative of ve

NavajoEdit

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PostpositionEdit

bee

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

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Old IrishEdit

VerbEdit

bee

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

TetumEdit

bee

EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

bee

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

VõroEdit

NounEdit

bee

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