A beekeeper, seeing the bee collect pollen from flowers and carry it to the hive, says that it exists to gather honey.
The beekeeper opens the lower part of the hive and peers in.
(From Cheshire's Bees and Bee-keeping, Scientific and Practical.) Huber's hive was defective in many respects; the parting of each frame, thus letting loose the whole colony, caused much trouble at times, but it remained the only movable-comb hive till 1838, when Dr Dzierzon - whose theory of parthenogenesis has made his name famous - devised a box-hive with a loose top-bar on which the bees built their combs and a movable side or door, by means of which the frames could be lifted out for inspection.
It was empty in the sense that a dying queenless hive is empty.
(4) A type of tomb, the dome or "bee-hive," of which the grandest examples known are at Mycenae.