beeswax

noun bees·wax \ ˈbēz-ˌwaks \
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018

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 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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First Known Use of beeswax

1655

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BEESWAX Defined for English Language Learners

beeswax

Definition of beeswax for English Language Learners

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


BEESWAX Defined for Kids

beeswax

noun bees·wax \ ˈbēz-ˌwaks \

Definition of beeswax for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

beeswax

noun bees·wax \ ˈbēz-ˌwaks \

medical Definition of beeswax

1 : wax 1
2 a : yellow wax
b : white wax


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