Collective Noun for Bees

What Is a Group of Bees Called?

A group of bees is called a hive.
Collective NounUsage
hivea hive of bees
collective noun for bees

hive of bees

Other Words for a Group of Bees

While hive is the most common collective noun for bees, a group of bees is also called a swarm, bike, or drift.

What Type of Word is "Hive"?

The word "hive" is a collective noun. A collective noun is a word used to represent a group of people, animals, or things.

"Hive Is" or "Hive Are"?

Writers are often unsure whether to treat a collective noun like "hive" as singular or plural. As a general rule, you should treat a collective noun as singular. However, if the context of your sentence focuses on the individuals within the group, you should treat it as plural. For example:
  • The hive is moving nearer. correct tick
  • The hive are moving in different directions. correct tick
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.