bee·​bread | \ ˈbē-ˌbred How to pronounce beebread (audio) \

Definition of beebread

: bitter yellowish-brown pollen stored up in honeycomb cells and used mixed with honey by bees as food

Examples of beebread in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Larvae fed a diet of rich royal jelly develop into queens, whereas larvae that eat a less refined diet of ‘beebread’ and pollen develop into worker bees. Chao Yan, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 Since beebread and pollen are mainly plantoriginated, while royal jelly is a glandular secretion of nurse bees, the diets for worker- and queendestined larvae are differentially derived from plant and animal sources, respectively. Chao Yan, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 Over the course of the experiment, pesticide residues declined, eventually becoming non-detectable within colonies’ beebread and honey. Gwen Pearson, WIRED, 18 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of beebread

1657, in the meaning defined above

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“Beebread.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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bee·​bread | \ ˈbē-ˌbred How to pronounce beebread (audio) \

Kids Definition of beebread

: a bitter yellowish brown food material prepared by bees from pollen and stored in their honeycomb


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