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A'piary, a house or structure for keeping bees, from the Latin apis, a bee. Differences of opinion exist as to the best form hives should take and of what material they should be constructed. Among old-country bee-keepers, the old dome-shaped straw skep is still preferred; others prefer a box-like wooden hive, consisting of a breeding-chamber below and two sliding, removable chambers above for the abstraction of the honey without disturbing the bees. The one essential on which all agree is that the apiary should be erected in the vicinity of good feeding grounds, such as gardens, clover-fields or heath-covered hills. See Bees.