Africanized bee


Africanized bee
noun
a strain of bees that originated in Brazil in the 1950s as a cross between an aggressive African bee and a honeybee; retains most of the traits of the African bee; now spread as far north as Texas
Hypernyms: ↑honeybee, ↑Apis mellifera

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noun also africanized honeybee
Usage: usually capitalized A
: a honeybee that originated in Brazil as an accidental hybrid between an aggressive African subspecies (Apis mellifera scutellata) and previously established European honeybees and has spread to Mexico and the southernmost United States where it breeds with local bees producing populations retaining most of the African bee's traits — called also killer bee

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Africanized bee or Africanized honeybee,
= killer bee (def. 2). (Cf.killer bee)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.