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Definition of bee noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    bee

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    noun
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  1. 1a black and yellow flying insect that can sting. Bees live in large groups and make honey (= a sweet sticky substance that is good to eat) a swarm of bees a bee sting Bees were buzzing in the clover. see also beehive, beeswax, bumblebee, queen bee
  2. 2 a meeting in a group where people combine work, competition, and pleasure a sewing bee see also spelling bee
  3. Idioms
    as busy as a bee
     
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    very busy
    the bee's knees (informal) (old-fashioned)
     
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    an excellent person or thing She thinks she's the bee's knees (= she has a very high opinion of herself).
    the birds and the bees (humorous)
     
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    the basic facts about sex, especially as told to children
    have a bee in your bonnet (about something) (informal)
     
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    to think or talk about something all the time, and to think that it is very important Our teacher has a bee in his bonnet about punctuation.
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