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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bee.
 
A social gathering for some useful work. The object generally precedes the word, as a spelling - bee (a gathering to compete in spelling). There are apple-bees, husking-bees, and half a dozen other sorts of bees or gatherings. It is an old Devonshire custom, which was carried across the Atlantic in Elizabethan times.   1
 


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