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Definition of hive noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also beehive) [countable] a structure made for bees to live in
  2. 2[countable] the bees living in a hive
  3. 3hives (also urticaria) [uncountable] (medical) red spots on the skin that itch (= make you want to scratch), caused by an allergic reaction, for example to particular foods
  4. Idioms
    a beehive/hive of activity
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    a place full of people who are busy

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