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bumblebee:

see beebee,
name for flying insects of the superfamily Apoidea, in the same order as the ants and the wasps. Bees are characterized by their enlarged hind feet, typically equipped with pollen baskets of stiff hairs for gathering pollen.
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bumblebee

[′bəm·bəl‚bē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for several large, hairy social bees of the genus Bombus in the family Apidae.

bumblebee

, humblebee
any large hairy social bee of the genus Bombus and related genera, of temperate regions: family Apidae
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Shepley First School pupils were told about the importance of the humble bee to the whole eco-system.
Star letter PRINCE Charles recently requested that we all do something to encourage the humble bee into our gardens as the decline in the bee population is very serious.
We all should cherish the humble bee, And the work that he does for you and me, He has such an important role to play, In producing the food we eat every day.
The plight of the humble bee is also being supported across the region by a number of community initiatives, including the Scotswood Natural Community Garden in Newcastle.