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Apiary

An apiary (also known as a bee yard) is a place where beehives of honey bees are kept. Traditionally beekeepers (also known as apiarists) paid land rent in honey for the use of small parcels. Some farmers will provide free apiary sites, because they need pollination, and farmers who need many hives often pay for them to be moved to the crops when they bloom. It can also be a wall-less, roofed structure, similar to a gazebo.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

apiary

1650s, from Latin apiarium "beehouse, beehive," neuter of apiarius "of bees," from apis "bee," a mystery word unrelated to any similar words in other Indo-European languages. A borrowing from Semitic has been proposed.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Apiary

Apiary \A"pi*a*ry\, n. [L. apiarium, fr. apis bee.] A place where bees are kept; a stand or shed for bees; a beehouse.

WordNet

apiary

n. a shed containing a number of beehives [syn: bee house]

Wiktionary

apiary

n. A place where bees and their hives are kept.

Usage examples of "apiary".

He was nearing the apiary, wading through tall grass and wildflowers, aware of their scent and of the faint buzz in the air.

This sudden awareness passed quickly, and he was once more in his own apiary, studying the single bee as she worked to get the nectar from his sleeve.

And an apiary could be dangerous to someone with no experience of bees.

Brazil waded through the tall grass at the edge of the apiary, his mouth dry and a twisting knot in his stomach.

She ran out of the house, up onto the pasture above the apiary, trying desperately to put distance between herself and the angry bees, waving her empty trousers behind her.

Most of the people who stop here think that an apiary is a place where apes live.

Colonies of defective bees were about to be flown from the experimental apiary at the University of California at Davis.

Beltsville, Maryland, was able to locate quickly a large apiary outside Baltimore where American foulbrood had broken out.

Fine was curious and began watching him through the glass wall separating the experimental apiary from the lab.

We are doing everything in our power to preserve the safety of domestic bees in apiaries in the infected areas.

Jeremy, quite dispassionately, that ten or a dozen stings from the stock of these apiaries were very commonly enough to kill an adult human.

This marvellous prerogative the Osmia shares with a host of apiaries, in which the unequal development of the males and females requires an unequal provision of space and of nourishment for the future larvae.

Heaths, or places abounding in wild flowers, constitute the best neighbourhood for an apiary, and in default of this pasturage, there should be gardens where flowers are cultivated, and fields in which buck-wheat, clover, or sainfoin, is sown.

We are doing everything in our power to preserve the safety of domestic bees in apiaries in the infected areas.

Jeremy, quite dispassionately, that ten or a dozen stings from the stock of these apiaries were very commonly enough to kill an adult human.