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bee(1) n. 1.a. Any of several winged, hairy-bodied, usually stinging insects of the superfamily Apoidea in the order Hymenoptera, including both solitary and social species and characterized by sucking and chewing mouthparts for gathering nectar and pollen, b. A bumblebee, c. A honeybee. 2. A social gathering where people combine work, competition, and amusement: a quilting bee -idiom, a bee in (one's) bonnet. An impulsive, often eccentric turn of mind; a notion. [Middle English, from Old English beo; see bhei- below. Sense 2 perhaps also alteration of dialectal bean, voluntary help given to a farmer by his neighbors, from Middle English bene, extra service by a tenant to his lord, from Old English ben, prayer. See bha-(2) below.] bee(2) (be) n. Nautical. A bee block. [Middle English be, a ring, from Old English beag. See bheug- below.] bee(3) (be) n. The letter b.
bha-. Important derivatives are: fable, fate, infant, preface, prophet, abandon, banish, bandit, fame, phono-, symphony, confess, blame.
bha-. To speak. 1. FABLE, FATE; AFFABLE, (FANTOCCINI), INEFFABLE, INFANT, (INFANTRY), PREFACE, from Latin to speak. 2. -PHASIA; APOPHASIS, PROPHET, from Greek, to speak. 3.a. BAN(1), from Old English, to summon, proclaim, and Old Norse, to prohibit, curse; b. BANAL, BANNS; ABANDON, from Old French ban, feudal jurisdiction, summons to military service, proclamation, Old French bandon, power, and Old English, proclamation; c. BANISH, from Old French, to banish; d. CONTRABAND, from Late Latin bannus, bannum, proclamation; e. BANDIT, from Italian bandire, to muster, band together ("to have been summoned"). a, b, c, d, and e all from Germanic suffixed form *ban-wan, *bannan, to speak publicly (used of particular kinds of proclamation in feudal or prefeudal custom; "to proclaim under penalty, summon to the levy. declare outlaw"). 4. Suffixed form. a. BOON(1), from Old Norse, prayer, request; b. BEE(1), perhaps from Old English, prayer, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse, prayer. Both a and b from Germanic. 5. Suffixed form. a. FAME, FAMOUS; DEFAME, INFAMOUS, from Latin, talk, reputation, fame; b. EUPHEMISM, from Greek, saying, speech. 6. Suffixed o-grade form PHONE, -PHONE, PHONEME, PHONETIC, PHONO-, -PHONY; ANTHEM, (ANTIPHON). APHONIA, CACOPHONOUS, EUPHONY. SYMPHONY, from Greek, voice, sound, and (denominative), to speak. 7. Suffixed zero-grade form CONFESS, PROFESS, from Latin, to acknowledge, admit. 8. (BLAME), BLASPHEME, from Greek , evil-speaking, blasphemous (first element obscure).
bhei-. An important derivative is: bee(1). bhei-. A bee. BEE(1), from Old English, a bee. from Germanic suffixed form.
bheug-. Important derivatives are: bow, bog. bheug-. To bend; with derivatives referring to bent, pliable, or curved objects. I. Variant form in Germanic 1.a. BEE(2), from Old English, a ring; b. BAGEL, from Old High German boug, a ring. Both a and b from Germanic. 2.a. BOW, from Old English, a bow. arch; b. (see el-) Germanic compound, "bend of the forearm." elbow (forearm); c. BOW, from a source akin to Middle Low German, bow of a boat. a. b. and c all from Germanic. 3. BOW. BUXOM, from Old English to bend, from Germanic. 4. BAIL, from Middle English, a handle, perhaps from Old English or from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Swedish, both from Germanic. 5. BIGHT, from Old English, a bend. angle. from Germanic. II. BOG, from Scottish and Irish Gaelic, soft, from Celtic, "flexible."