Synonyms for hive

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The operating-room was a hive of industry, and tongues kept pace with fingers.

And Damascus is the very 309 hive of turbans, green and otherwise.

Another way is to invert the hive in which the united swarms are to live, and strike the bees of the other hive into it as before.

If any bees remain in the box when taken away, a little smoke will drive them out, and they will quickly return to their own hive.

But, as there is no natural ruler of the hive, they meet together and make laws.

The chamber was already thronged, and as full of movement as a hive of bees.

He turned to issue orders, and the fort became lively as a hive.

Then he untied his hive and stretched himself out on the grass to rest.

You see that Bee-man has put down his hive and his coat with the bees in it.

Then their buzzing sounded like a hive of bees getting all stirred up.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hyf "beehive," from Proto-Germanic *hufiz (cf. Old Norse hufr "hull of a ship"), from PIE *keup- "round container, bowl" (cf. Sanskrit kupah "hollow, pit, cave," Greek kypellon "cup," Latin cupa "tub, cask, vat"). Figurative sense of "swarming, busy place" is from 1630s. As a verb, of bees, etc., "to form themselves into a hive," c.1400; "to put bees in a hive," mid-15c.

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