Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hum...humblebee
: A bumblebee.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language http://www.bartleby.com/61/98/H0319800.html
bumblebee also called Humble-bee
Encyclopædia Britannica Online http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/845...
Historically, people used the word boom not only to describe the sound of cannons or thunder, but also the buzz of insects. In fact our usual term “bumble bee” is only the winner of a contest between several different words used across England over time to describe this charming stinging insect. Another contender was “humble-bee
” not because the insect lacked pride, we don’t really know, but again because of the sound it makes.
With the huge popularity of the Harry Potter series it is now fairly common knowledge that Professor Dumbledore’s name is also one of those words for bumblebee that has fallen out of use. Bumblebees are scientifically classified into genus bombus, bombus being the Latin word meaning “boom” or “buzz.”
a word root every day, Jul 24th, 2006 http://podictionary.com/?p=304
bumblebee is now the usual term almost everywhere, humblebee
was once common in Britain but is now much less so; dumbledore is the rarest
Michael Quinion: World Wide Words http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-d...