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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beeswaxverb

    a yellow to brown wax secreted by honeybees to build honeycombs

  2. beeswaxverb

    cover with beeswax

    "Chris beeswaxed the kitchen table"


  1. beeswaxnoun

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

  2. beeswaxnoun

    Business; in phrases like mind your own beeswax and none of your beeswax.

  3. beeswaxverb

    To polish (something) with beeswax.

  4. Etymology: From bees + 's + wax


  1. Beeswax

    Beeswax (cera alba) is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis. The wax is formed into scales by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees, which discard it in or at the hive. The hive workers collect and use it to form cells for honey storage and larval and pupal protection within the beehive. Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols. Beeswax has been used since prehistory as the first plastic, as a lubricant and waterproofing agent, in lost wax casting of metals and glass, as a polish for wood and leather, for making candles, as an ingredient in cosmetics and as an artistic medium in encaustic painting. Beeswax is edible, having similarly negligible toxicity to plant waxes, and is approved for food use in most countries and in the European Union under the E number E901.


  1. beeswax

    Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees, which they use to build the honeycombs inside their hives. This substance is initially colorless. However, after mixing with pollen oil and propolis by bees, it turns yellow to brown. It is used in various applications such as candle making, cosmetics, food industry, pharmaceuticals, and more due to its natural, non-toxic, and antibacterial properties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beeswaxnoun

    the wax secreted by bees, and of which their cells are constructed


  1. Beeswax

    Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees of the genus Apis. It is mainly esters of fatty acids and various long chain alcohols. Small amounts of beeswax have food and flavoring applications, and are edible in the sense of having similar toxicity to undigestable plant waxes. However, the wax monoesters in beeswax are poorly hydrolysed in the guts of humans and mammals, and are therefore of no significant food value.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beeswax in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beeswax in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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