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 for To have a bee in the bonnet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bee \Bee\ (b[=e]), n. [AS. be['o]; akin to D. bij and bije,
     Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh.
     Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.]
     1. (Zool.) An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family
        Apid[ae] (the honeybees), or family Andrenid[ae] (the
        solitary bees.) See Honeybee.
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     Note: There are many genera and species. The common honeybee
           ({Apis mellifica) lives in swarms, each of which has
           its own queen, its males or drones, and its very
           numerous workers, which are barren females. Besides the
           Apis mellifica there are other species and varieties
           of honeybees, as the Apis ligustica of Spain and
           Italy; the Apis Indica of India; the Apis fasciata
           of Egypt. The bumblebee is a species of Bombus. The
           tropical honeybees belong mostly to Melipoma and
           Trigona.
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     2. A neighborly gathering of people who engage in united
        labor for the benefit of an individual or family; as, a
        quilting bee; a husking bee; a raising bee. [U. S.]
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              The cellar . . . was dug by a bee in a single day.
                                                    --S. G.
                                                    Goodrich.
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     3. pl. [Prob. fr. AS. be['a]h ring, fr. b?gan to bend. See
        1st Bow.] (Naut.) Pieces of hard wood bolted to the
        sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays
        through; -- called also bee blocks.
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     Bee+beetle+(Zool.),+a+beetle+({Trichodes+apiarius">Bee beetle (Zool.), a beetle ({Trichodes apiarius)
        parasitic in beehives.
  
     Bee bird (Zool.), a bird that eats the honeybee, as the
        European flycatcher, and the American kingbird.
  
     Bee flower (Bot.), an orchidaceous plant of the genus
        Ophrys+({Ophrys+apifera">Ophrys ({Ophrys apifera), whose flowers have some
        resemblance to bees, flies, and other insects.
  
     Bee fly (Zool.), a two winged fly of the family
        Bombyliid[ae]. Some species, in the larval state, are
        parasitic upon bees.
  
     Bee garden, a garden or inclosure to set beehives in; an
        apiary. --Mortimer.
  
     Bee glue, a soft, unctuous matter, with which bees cement
        the combs to the hives, and close up the cells; -- called
        also propolis.
  
     Bee hawk (Zool.), the honey buzzard.
  
     Bee killer (Zool.), a large two-winged fly of the family
        Asilid[ae] (esp. Trupanea apivora) which feeds upon
        the honeybee. See Robber fly.
  
     Bee louse (Zool.), a minute, wingless, dipterous insect
        ({Braula c[ae]ca) parasitic on hive bees.
  
     Bee+martin+(Zool.),+the+kingbird+({Tyrannus+Carolinensis">Bee martin (Zool.), the kingbird ({Tyrannus Carolinensis)
        which occasionally feeds on bees.
  
     Bee+moth+(Zool.),+a+moth+({Galleria+cereana">Bee moth (Zool.), a moth ({Galleria cereana) whose
        larv[ae] feed on honeycomb, occasioning great damage in
        beehives.
  
     Bee wolf (Zool.), the larva of the bee beetle. See Illust.
        of Bee beetle.
  
     To have a bee in the head or To have a bee in the bonnet.
        (a) To be choleric. [Obs.]
        (b) To be restless or uneasy. --B. Jonson.
        (c) To be full of fancies; to be a little crazy. "She's
            whiles crack-brained, and has a bee in her head."
            --Sir W. Scott.
            [1913 Webster] beebalm

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bonnet \Bon"net\ (b[o^]n"n[e^]t), n. [OE. bonet, OF. bonet,
     bonete. F. bonnet fr. LL. bonneta, bonetum; orig. the name of
     a stuff, and of unknown origin.]
     1. A headdress for men and boys; a cap. [Obs.] --Milton.
        --Shak.
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     2. A soft, elastic, very durable cap, made of thick, seamless
        woolen stuff, and worn by men in Scotland.
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              And plaids and bonnets waving high.   --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     3. A covering for the head, worn by women, usually protecting
        more or less the back and sides of the head, but no part
        of the forehead. The shape of the bonnet varies greatly at
        different times; formerly the front part projected, and
        spread outward, like the mouth of a funnel.
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     4. Anything resembling a bonnet in shape or use; as,
        (a) (Fort.) A small defense work at a salient angle; or a
            part of a parapet elevated to screen the other part
            from enfilade fire.
        (b) A metallic canopy, or projection, over an opening, as
            a fireplace, or a cowl or hood to increase the draught
            of a chimney, etc.
        (c) A frame of wire netting over a locomotive chimney, to
            prevent escape of sparks.
        (d) A roofing over the cage of a mine, to protect its
            occupants from objects falling down the shaft.
        (e) In pumps, a metal covering for the openings in the
            valve chambers.
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     5. (Naut.) An additional piece of canvas laced to the foot of
        a jib or foresail in moderate winds. --Hakluyt.
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     6. The second stomach of a ruminating animal.
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     7. An accomplice of a gambler, auctioneer, etc., who entices
        others to bet or to bid; a decoy. [Cant]
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     8. (Automobiles) The metal cover or shield over the motor;
        predominantly British usage. In the U.S. it is called the
        hood. [Brit.]
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     Bonnet limpet (Zool.), a name given, from their shape, to
        various species of shells (family Calyptr[ae]id[ae]).
  
     Bonnet monkey (Zool.), an East Indian monkey ({Macacus
        sinicus), with a tuft of hair on its head; the munga.
  
     Bonnet piece, a gold coin of the time of James V. of
        Scotland, the king's head on which wears a bonnet. --Sir
        W. Scott.
  
     To have a bee in the bonnet. See under Bee.
  
     Black bonnet. See under Black.
  
     Blue bonnet. See in the Vocabulary.
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