Bee tree

a hollow tree used by wild bees as a hive, especially the basswood or American linden.
Historical Examples

The switching of the brush against the elk’s dun sides startled the little black bear, who was still riffling his bee tree.
The Trail Book Mary Austin

When I first catch sight of a bee tree I am drawn toward it, I know not how.
Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17) Various

He knew that black bears have a sweet tooth; and will go miles to rob a bee tree.
Rocky Mountain Boys St. George Rathborne

He told me he had found more than one bee tree just by tracing the sound.
The Pioneer Boys on the Great Lakes Harrison Adams

Smoky began guying me, saying that I was an old bee hunter but it took Smoky to find the first bee tree.
Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock

After you get through with the bee tree you must tell me what ‘ros’n ears’ are.
The Mountain Girl Payne Erskine

The old man reined in his grey horse and looked toward Oliver and the bee tree.
The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins

Though we “had a time” at the bee tree, next night, that made us about square.
The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley

Messrs. Grayson and Branham found a bee tree, and brought several buckets of delicious honey into camp.
The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate Eliza Poor Donner Houghton

His discovery of a bee tree was what led to the second adventure.
Captain Ted Louis Pendleton


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