Part of speech: noun

A mild fever with eruptions of the skin; also, croup.

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Usage examples "hives":

  1. The bees were already humming about the straw- bound hives along the garden wall, and a misguided green woodpecker clung upside down to the eaves, and thumped at the beams of the house. - "Master Skylark", John Bennett.
  2. Great is the worth of such heroic souls: Amid the strenuous turmoil of their deeds, They clearly speak of something that controls The higher breeds of men by higher needs Than bees, content with honey in their hives! - "The Poems of Henry Van Dyke", Henry Van Dyke.
  3. In addition to this increase of her capital, in one of these five years she sold twenty- two hives and four hundred and twenty pounds of honey. - "The American Woman's Home", Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.