beeswax

noun
bees·​wax | \ ˈbēz-ˌwaks How to pronounce beeswax (audio) \

Definition of beeswax

1 : a substance that is secreted by honeybees and is used by them for constructing the honeycomb, that is a dull, typically yellow solid that is plastic when warm, and that is composed primarily of a mixture of esters, hydrocarbons, and fatty acids : wax sense 1

Note: Beeswax is typically colorless when first secreted but takes on a yellow or brownish color after bits of pollen, propolis, and other matter becomes mixed in. White beeswax sold commercially consists of yellow beeswax that has been subjected to bleaching or has been filtered to remove impurities. Beeswax is used as an ingredient in various products including candles, cosmetics, and sealants.

2 US, informal : personal concern : business used chiefly in the phrases mind your own beeswax and none of your beeswax

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The shape of the beeswax mimics the shape of high-voltage ceramic insulators Silva observed on Japanese power lines. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Eight ceramic octopus traps? Why Daniel Silva's show at Baert Gallery has us hooked," 23 June 2018 Try the activity with candles made of paraffin or beeswax. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Make a Candle Flame Jump," 5 Sep. 2019 Add beeswax and heat gently just until beeswax melts. Gemma Tarlach, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bounty of the bees extends far beyond honey for your tea - to lotions, balms and even drinks," 16 July 2019 The substance, originally tree sap, is collected by bees that combine it with their own saliva and beeswax, turning it into propolis. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Uses This $14 Throat Spray To Fight Off Colds — and It’s on Amazon," 3 Sep. 2019 Reynders has a skull in the style of the Asmat people of Papua New Guinea, who traditionally decorated the remains of ancestors with beeswax, red seeds, feathers, and ornamental jewelry. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 Second, Worker B, the bee- and honey-centric beauty and wellness line, is opening an innovative spa that will include a meditation room coated in beeswax, a float tank and an infrared sauna. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Schmidt Brewery Rathskeller to house Rose Street Patisserie cafe, Worker B spa," 24 June 2019 All ilā ingredients, including Himalayan salts, Moringa oil, lavender, beeswax, and rose water, are sourced from local farmers and blended in the brand's barn in the Cotswolds. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Inside Ilapothecary, the Meghan Markle–Approved Spa Coming to New York," 16 Aug. 2019 Designed by Easthampton mom Michelle Zimora, the reusable wraps are handcrafted with cotton fabrics in lovely designs coated with organic beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Pretty, practical, and plastic-free food wraps," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of beeswax

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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beeswax

noun

English Language Learners Definition of beeswax

: wax made by bees that is used for making candles and other products

beeswax

noun
bees·​wax | \ ˈbēz-ˌwaks How to pronounce beeswax (audio) \

Kids Definition of beeswax

: wax made by bees and used by them in building honeycomb

beeswax

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bees·​wax | \ ˈbēz-ˌwaks How to pronounce beeswax (audio) \

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