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(Science: zoology) a large bee of the genus Bombus, sometimes called humblebee; so named from its sound.

there are many species. All gather honey, and store it in the empty cocoons after the young have come out.

Origin: oe. Bumblen to make a humming noise (dim. Of bum, v.i) _ bee. Cf. Humblebee.