Etymology
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beehive (n.)

"habitation of bees," early 14c., from bee + hive (n.). Figurative of a busy place from 1610s. As the name of a hairstyle, attested from 1960 (the style itself said to have been popular from 1958). As the name of a star cluster in the constellation Cancer, from 1840 (see Praesepe).

updated on April 26, 2017

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Definitions of beehive from WordNet

beehive (n.)
any workplace where people are very busy;
beehive (n.)
a hairdo resembling a beehive;
beehive (n.)
a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees;
Synonyms: hive
beehive (n.)
a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree;
Synonyms: hive
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.