Do bees have knees?
Thomas M. Swann
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Orlando, FL 32789
Like other insects, bee wings have six parts: coxa, trocanter, femur, tibia, metatarsus and tarsus. Each is connected by a joint and has the maximum resemblance to a knee between the femur and the tibia. The bee’s legs have many more specialized structures for carrying pollen, but the bee’s knee itself is no more noticeable than the joints in the other legs.
So remembering this, what is the essence of the sentence: “Bee’s knee?” Quite the “knee” rhyme because “bee.”
The term seems to have originated in America in the 1920s with cat pajamas. Many seemingly spontaneous differences from this period include the words “rat’s hips,” “guard’s knife,” and “sardine’s whisper.”
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