Definition of Beeswax

1. Noun. A yellow to brown wax secreted by honeybees to build honeycombs.

Terms within: Cerotic Acid, Hexacosanoic Acid
Generic synonyms: Animal Product, Wax
Specialized synonyms: Ghedda Wax

2. Verb. Cover with beeswax. "Chris beeswaxed the kitchen table"
Generic synonyms: Wax

Definition of Beeswax

1. n. The wax secreted by bees, and of which their cells are constructed.

Definition of Beeswax

1. Noun. A wax secreted by bees from which they make honeycomb; or, the processed form of this wax used in the manufacture of various goods. ¹

2. Noun. (colloquial) “Business”; in phrases like (term mind your own beeswax) and (term none of your beeswax). ¹

3. Verb. To polish (something) with beeswax. ¹

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Definition of Beeswax

1. a type of wax [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Beeswax

1. A clear wax used to prevent your braces from irritating your lips when your braces are first put on, or at other times. (08 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Beeswax

bees and honey
beeswax (current term)
beet armyworm
beet blight
beet green
beet radish
beet radishes
beet root
beet sugar

Literary usage of Beeswax

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Chemical Technology and Analysis of Oils, Fats, and Waxes by Julius Lewkowitsch (1904)
"The tapers and thicker cables of beeswax are made by "drawing," ie pulling ... Large wax candles are made by " pouring " melted beeswax on to a wick hanging ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1907)
"There has been much speculation concerning the origin and nature of this wax and opinions have been divided as to whether it is beeswax or a mineral product ..."

3. Technical Methods of Chemical Analysis by Georg Lunge (1914)
"beeswax contains no glycerides; in addition to free fatty acids of high molecular weight ... Crude beeswax has, as a rule, a yellow to reddish-brown colour. ..."

4. Commercial Organic Analysis by Alfred Henry Allen, Wm. A. Davis (1910)
"beeswax.1 (See also table on page 73.) beeswax is the material of which the ... They had higher acid values than normal beeswax (23.3 to 27.1) and lower ..."

5. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1892)
"The reading of papers was then resumed, the following being read in abstract by Mr. Stevens : THE ACTION OF HOT SULPHURIC ACID ON beeswax, PARAFFIN, ..."

6. Animal and Vegetable Fixed Oils, Fats, Butters, and Waxes: Their Preparation by Charles Romley Alder Wright (1894)
"beeswax.—A good deal of dispute has taken place at various times as to whether the wax of the bee, wasp, and similar insects is a distinct product of ..."

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