bees·​wax ˈbēz-ˌwaks How to pronounce beeswax (audio)
: 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.

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

Examples of beeswax in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of beeswax was in 1655

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“Beeswax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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