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Honeycomb vs. Beehive

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Honeycombnoun

A structure of hexagonal cells made by bees primarily of wax, to hold their larvae and for storing the honey to feed the larvae and to feed themselves during winter.

Beehivenoun

An enclosed structure in which some species of honey bees (genus Apis) live and raise their young.

Honeycombnoun

(by extension) Any structure resembling a honeycomb.

‘The wood porch was a honeycomb of termite tunnels before we replaced it.’;

Beehivenoun

A man-made structure in which bees are kept for their honey.

Honeycombnoun

(construction) Voids left in concrete resulting from failure of the mortar to effectively fill the spaces among coarse aggregate particles.

Beehivenoun

(figuratively) Any place full of activity, or in which people are very busy.

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Honeycombnoun

(aviation) Manufactured material used manufacture light, stiff structural components using a sandwich design.

Beehivenoun

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.

Honeycombnoun

(solar cell) The texture of the surface of a solar cell, intended to increase its surface area and capture more sunlight.

Beehivenoun

A particular style of hat.

Honeycombnoun

(geometry) A space-filling packing of polytopes in 3- or higher-dimensional space.

Beehivenoun

A type of anti-personnel ammunition round containing flechettes, and characterised by the buzzing sound made as they fly through the air.

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Honeycombverb

To riddle something with holes, especially in such a pattern.

‘Termites will honeycomb a porch made of untreated pine.’;

Beehivenoun

(cellular automata) In Conway's Game of Life, a particular still life configuration with a rounded appearance.

Honeycombnoun

A mass of hexagonal waxen cells, formed by bees, and used by them to hold their honey and their eggs.

Beehiveverb

To fill (a place) with busy activity.

Honeycombnoun

Any substance, as a easting of iron, a piece of worm-eaten wood, or of triple, etc., perforated with cells like a honeycomb.

Beehivenoun

A hive for a swarm of bees. Also used figuratively.

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Honeycombnoun

a framework of hexagonal cells resembling the honeycomb built by bees

Beehivenoun

any workplace where people are very busy

Honeycombverb

carve a honeycomb pattern into;

‘The cliffs were honeycombed’;

Beehivenoun

a structure that provides a natural habitation for bees; as in a hollow tree

Honeycombverb

penetrate thoroughly and into every part;

‘the revolutionaries honeycombed the organization’;

Beehivenoun

a hairdo resembling a beehive

Honeycombverb

make full of cavities, like a honeycomb

Beehivenoun

a man-made receptacle that houses a swarm of bees

Honeycomb

A honeycomb is a mass of hexagonal prismatic wax cells built by honey bees in their nests to contain their larvae and stores of honey and pollen. Beekeepers may remove the entire honeycomb to harvest honey.

Beehive

A beehive is an enclosed structure in which some honey bee species of the subgenus Apis live and raise their young. Though the word beehive is commonly used to describe the nest of any bee colony, scientific and professional literature distinguishes nest from hive.

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