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APIAN (AY-pee-uhn)

Relating to or having the characteristics of bees.

Common clues: Like some swarms; Bee-related; Beelike; Of bees; For the bees; Like some colonies

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The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.

Henry David Thoreau

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently classified by the unranked taxon name Anthophila. There are slightly fewer than 20,000 known species of bee, in 9 recognized families,[1] though many are undescribed and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains flowering dicotyledons.

Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source, and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used as food for larvae.

Bees have a long proboscis (a complex "tongue") that enables them to obtain the nectar from flowers. They have antennae almost universally made up of thirteen segments in males and twelve in females, as is typical for the superfamily. Bees all have two pairs of wings, the hind pair being the smaller of the two; in a very few species, one sex or caste has relatively short wings that make flight difficult or impossible, but none are wingless.

The smallest bee is the dwarf bee (Trigona minima), about 2.1 mm (5/64") long. The largest bee in the world is Megachile pluto, which can grow to a size of 39 mm (1.5"). Member of the family Halictidae, or sweat bees, are the most common type of bee in the Northern Hemisphere, though they are small and often mistaken for wasps or flies.

The best-known bee species is the Western honey bee, which, as its name suggests, produces honey, as do a few other types of bee. Human management of this species is known as beekeeping or apiculture.

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APIAN (75) 15 Tu+ >1 97 Of bees

12 Th- >1 07 Beelike

9 Tu+ >1 06 Bee-related

6 We- >1 07 Pertaining to bees

5 Th+ >1 08 Like some colonies PENAL

4 Th- >1 08 Like some queens

09 Concerning bees

3 Th- >1 04 For the bees

3 Th+ >1 03 Like some drones

3 Th+ >1 03 Like some swarms

97 Relating to bees

1 Fr NYT 96 Bee-fitting description?

1 We CSy 09 Bee-like

1 Th NYT 98 Beeish

1 Fr NYT 08 Dealing with honey makers

1 Th NYS 06 Having a lot of buzz, maybe

1 Th NYT 03 Hive-connected

1 Fr NYT 01 Hive-related

1 Tu LAT 09 Like beehives

1 Th CHE 07 Like certain workers

1 Th LAT 03 Like hives

1 Th NYS 07 Like honeycombs

1 Th WSJ 99 Like some workers

01 Of certain buzzers

1 Th NYT 03 Of concern to beekeepers

1 Th NYT 92 Of the bees

1 Th NYS 07 Pertaining to some workers