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ˈprɒp ə lɪspropo·lis

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  1. propolis(Noun)

    An aromatic glue-like substance produced by honeybees from tree resin, waxes, and their own secretions, used in the construction of their hives.

    Etymology: From propolis, from Hellenistic πρόπολις (apparently because the material was used by bees to extend their hives), from προ- + πόλις.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Propolis(noun)

    same as Bee glue, under Bee

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. ; before + city.]


  1. Propolis

    Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive. Propolis is used for small gaps, while larger spaces are usually filled with beeswax. Its color varies depending on its botanical source, the most common being dark brown. Propolis is sticky at and above room temperature, 20 °C. At lower temperatures, it becomes hard and very brittle.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Propolis

    prop′ō-lis, n. a red, resinous, odorous substance like wax collected by bees and used to stop crevices in the hive, strengthen cells, &c. [Gr.,—pro, before, polis, city.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Propolis

    A resinous substance obtained from beehives that is used traditionally as an antimicrobial. It is a heterogeneous mixture of many substances.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of propolis in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of propolis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    Propolis is a natural ingredient without any side effects, a combination of propolis and minoxidil may be [very] effective.

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