Definition of Queen bee

1. Noun. Fertile egg-laying female bee.

Group relationships: Apoidea, Superfamily Apoidea
Generic synonyms: Queen

Definition of Queen bee

1. Noun. A reproductive female (especially the only one) in a colony of bees. ¹

2. Noun. (idiomatic colloquial) The most important or dominant woman in an organisation or situation. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Queen Bee

queen's cup
queen bee (current term)
queen bees
queen breeding
queen consort
queen dowager
queen it
queen it over
queen mother
queen of beasts
queen of clubs
queen of diamonds
queen of puddings
queen of spades
queen of the May
queen of the night

Literary usage of Queen bee

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1. The Naturalist's Library edited by William Jardine (1840)
"On the Impregnation of the Queen-Bee.—In looking into a hive in spring or summer, the Queen will be seen laying eggs in the cells; in the smaller cells, ..."

2. Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Edna Henry Lee Turpin (1903)
"THE queen bee A king had two sons who were called very clever. Yet they were idle, and never thought of other people's comfort or pleasure. ..."

3. The Black Hills, Or, The Last Hunting Ground of the Dakotahs: A Complete by Annie D. Tallent (1899)
"queen bee. queen bee, a small mining camp, situated about four miles north of Tigerville, on a branch of Slate creek, dates its origin from the discovery of ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Unlike most insects the queen-bee deposits eggs ten or eleven months in the ... But the queen bee, although perfectly formed, is not always at liberty to ..."

5. Annual Report by Ohio State Board of Agriculture (1876)
"The queen bee in the surviving colony commenced ... This queen bee lived about four years. Natural swarming was prevented by removing the greater portion of ..."

6. The Life of North American Insects by Benedict Jaeger, Henry C. Preston (1859)
"We must conclude, then, that her majesty the queen bee deserves to be titled the Virgin Mother and Queen of the Bees. But the eggs of the queen, ..."

7. The Natural History of Insects by James Rennie, John Obadiah Westwood (1833)
"Fertility of queen bee—Swarming—ventilation of the Hive—IT tad- bility—Duels—Robberies—Defences of Bees. As spring advances, the losses which the hive has ..."

8. The Natural History of Insects by James Rennie, John Obadiah Westwood (1829)
"Fertility of queen bee—Swarming—Ventilation of the Hive —Irascibility—Duels—Robberies—Defences of Bees ..."

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