bee moth

a brownish pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on the honeycombs in beehives. Also called wax moth.
[1820-30, Amer.]

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  • Bee moth — Bee Bee (b[=e]), n. [AS. be[ o]; akin to D. bij and bije, Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect of the order {Hymenoptera}, and family {Apid[ae]} (the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bee-moth — beeˈ moth noun A moth (Aphomia sociella) whose larvae are very destructive to bees’ nests • • • Main Entry: ↑bee …   Useful english dictionary

  • bee moth — bee′ moth n. ent a moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on honeycombs in beehives Also called wax moth • Etymology: 1820–30, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • bee moth — ☆ bee moth n. any of various moths; esp., a pest moth (Galleria melonella) whose larvae, hatched in beehives, eat the wax of the honeycomb …   English World dictionary

  • bee moth — noun moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs • Syn: ↑wax moth, ↑Galleria mellonella • Hypernyms: ↑pyralid, ↑pyralid moth • Member Holonyms: ↑Galleria, ↑genus Galleria …   Useful english dictionary

  • bee moth — Wax Wax, n. [AS. weax; akin to OFries. wax, D. was, G. wachs, OHG. wahs, Icel. & Sw. vax, Dan. vox, Lith. vaszkas, Russ. vosk .] [1913 Webster] 1. A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed by them in the construction of their comb; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bee moth — /ˈbi mɒθ/ (say bee moth) noun a brown moth, Galleria mellonella, whose larvae feed on beeswax. Also, wax moth …   Australian English dictionary

  • bee-moth — n. Wax moth …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Bee — (b[=e]), n. [AS. be[ o]; akin to D. bij and bije, Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect of the order {Hymenoptera}, and family {Apid[ae]} (the honeybees),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bee beetle — Bee Bee (b[=e]), n. [AS. be[ o]; akin to D. bij and bije, Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An insect of the order {Hymenoptera}, and family {Apid[ae]} (the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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