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" from apis "bee,"O.E. beo, from P.Gmc. *bion (cf. O.H.G. bia, M.Du. bie), possibly from PIE base *bhi- "quiver." Used metaphorically for "busy worker" since 1535. Sense of "meeting of neighbors to unite their labor for the benefit of one of their number," 1769, Amer.Eng., is from comparison to the social activity of the insect; this was extended to other senses (e.g. spelling bee, first attested 1809). Beehive is first attested c.1325; as a kind of hairstyle, 1960.
This Sign is drawn as a bull rushing forward. The Hebrews named it 'Shur', which means ‘the Bull, coming’ as well as ‘bullock’, ‘step’ and ‘rule’. But the Hebrew word for bull is 'Reem', meaning 'loftiness, exaltation, power and pre-eminance' and from which the name Abram is derived, which means 'high father'. The Coptic name is ‘Isis’, which means ‘who saves mightily’ or ‘salvation’ with the stars ‘Apis’, meaning ‘who cometh’ or ‘pass’ and one called the ‘Station of Horus’, meaning ‘the coming’ or ‘wayfaring’.
Italian: Ape mellifica
English: Honey Bee
The live bees
Animalia; Insecta (Hexapoda) - Insects; Rhynchota / Hemiptera; Hymenoptera; Apidae - Bees
see apisinum, apis regia, apis male
Allen's Encyclop. Mat. Med. Vol. I, 400.
Description of the substance
Under Apidae there are three general groups; Melipona (stingless bees), Bombus (bomble bees) and the Apis (honey bees). The genus Apis is of European origin and is widely distributed throughout civilized world. A swarm of bees consist of queen bee, several hundred drones, and ten thousand or more workers. The queen bees, are the only perfectly developed females. The drones are males, the workers females. The bees have three parts of body which are well separated by constrictions. The head carries the eyes, antennae, and mouth parts; the thorax, the wings and legs; the abdomen, the wax glands and sting, the bees are hairy which are branched or feathery. The eyes of the male are united above, the mouth part nearly aborted and the hind legs are smooth. There are two paraglosae on the lingula in the female and the maxillary palpi are one jointed. The shorter abdomen of the female marks the external difference from the male. This species is without terminal spurs on the hind legs. Only queens and workers have poison apparatus, commonly called the sting.
Habitat: India and also in other parts of the world.