Glass mixtures containing lead are melted in covered, beehive-shaped crucibles holding from 12 to 18 cwt.
The women's wing was a beehive of activity.
THOLOS (06Xos), the term given in Greek architecture to a circular building, with or without a peristyle; the earliest examples are those of the beehive tombs at Mycenae and in other parts of Greece, which were covered by domes built in horizontal courses of masonry.
Some of the rock chambers originally intended for tombs were afterwards converted, perhaps under pressure of necessity, into habitations, as in the case of the so-called " Prison of Socrates," which consists of three chambers horizontally excavated and a small round apartment of the " beehive " type.
Their huts are usually beehive-shaped, with a single apartment, low narrow door, and no chimney.