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propolis

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noun prop·o·lis \ˈprä-pə-ləs\

Definition of propolis

  1. :  a brownish resinous material of waxy consistency collected by bees from the buds of trees and used as a cement in repairing and maintaining the hive



Origin and Etymology of propolis

Middle English propoleos, from Medieval Latin, alteration of Latin propolis, from Greek, from pro- for + polis city — more at pro-, police


First Known Use: 15th century


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