What does the word hives mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe