a sizable bee of this genus Bombus occasionally called humblebee so-named from the sound
- powerful hairy personal bee of temperate regions
- a sizable bee of genus Bombus, sometimes known as humblebee; -- so-named from its sound.
also bumble-bee, 1520s, replacing Middle English humbul-be (changed by relationship with Middle English bombeln "to boom, buzz," late 14c.); echoic, from PIE echoic root *kem "to hum."
(n.) A big bee of genus Bombus, sometimes called humblebee; -- so named from the noise.
Here and there a couple of bees, by force of habit and custom cleaning out the brood cells, with efforts beyond their strength laboriously drag away a dead bee or bumblebee without knowing why they do it.