• IPA: /ˈbiːhaɪv/

beehive (plural beehives)

  1. An enclosed structure in which some species of honey bees (genus Apis) live and raise their young.
  2. A man-made structure in which bees are kept for their honey.
  3. (figuratively) Any place full of activity, or in which people are very busy.
  4. A women's hairstyle, popular in the 1960s, in which long hair is styled into a hive-shaped form on top of the head and usually held in place with lacquer.
  5. A particular style of hat.
  6. A type of anti-personnel ammunition round containing flechettes, and characterised by the buzzing sound made as they fly through the air.
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, page 179)
      By the time it was over, Stone had been blown thirty feet through the air by a beehive round as he was running across a field, knocked out by the concussion of the blast.
  7. (nonstandard) Alternative form of Beehive#English|Beehive
  8. (cellular automata) In Conway's Game of Life, a particular still life configuration with a rounded appearance.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: (informal) choucroute
  • German: Beehive-Frisur, B-52-Frisur
  • Italian: (informal) cofana
  • Spanish: beehive, colmena

beehive (beehives, present participle beehiving; past and past participle beehived)

  1. (rare, transitive) To fill (a place) with busy activity.
    • 1958, T. S. Bawa, ‎Jawaharlal Nehru, Nehru's India: An Analytical Study (page 25)
      Quite naturally, if there are more ministers swarming the cabinet rooms and conference halls, then there will be a spate of civil servants beehiving the secretariat.


beehive (plural beehives)

  1. (Mormonism) A 12- to 13-year-old participant in the Young Women organization of the LDS Church.
Translations Proper noun
  1. (NZ, informal) The executive wing of the New Zealand parliament buildings.
  2. (by extension) New Zealand government.

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