AskDefine | Define apiary

Dictionary Definition

apiary n : a shed containing a number of beehives [syn: bee house]

User Contributed Dictionary



17th Century, from apiarium, from apis.


  • a RP /ˈeɪ.pi.ə.ri/, /"eI.pI.@.rI/
  • a US /ˈeɪ.pi.ɛr.i/


  1. A place where bees and their hives are kept.


Related terms


a place where bees and hives are kept
  • Finnish: mehiläistarha
  • French: rucher
  • German: Bienenhaus, Apiarium
  • Polish: pasieka
  • Spanish: colmenar

Extensive Definition

An apiary (also known as a bee yard) is a place where beehives of honey bees are kept. Traditionally beekeepers (also known as apiarists) paid land rent in honey for the use of small parcels. Some farmers will provide free apiary sites, because they need pollination, and farmers who need many hives often pay for them to be moved to the crops when they bloom.


apiary in Chuvash: Утар
apiary in German: Bienenhaus
apiary in Galician: Apiario
apiary in Croatian: Pčelinjak
apiary in Italian: Apiario
apiary in Lithuanian: Bitynas
apiary in Polish: Pasieka (pszczelarstwo)
apiary in Portuguese: Apiário
apiary in Russian: Пасека
apiary in Ukrainian: Пасіка
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