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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

Examples of beeswax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With protective beeswax, restorative Vitamin E, and a tingle of peppermint oil, these sticks are ready to condition your lips. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Our favorite affordable lip balms," 27 Oct. 2020 One exception: Airheads Bites, which contain beeswax, gelatin, and shellac. Taylyn Washington-harmon,, "The 31 Best Vegan Candies—Just in Time for Halloween," 16 Oct. 2020 The cruelty-free and vegan formula contains no beeswax but has a blend of oils like castor, avocado, and jojoba to promote growth and strength. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Uoma Drama Bomb Mascara Actually Makes Short, Stubby Lashes Look Long," 8 Oct. 2020 At a time when environmental health has moved to the forefront of more people’s minds, there is something hopeful about beeswax candles and the makers behind them who have become entranced by, and innovated with such a natural, sustainable material. Maria Geyman, Vogue, "A New Generation of Beeswax Candle-Makers Are Innovating the Ancient Art," 2 Oct. 2020 In fact, beeswax candles work to neutralize the pollutants creeping around your house, everything from dust and mold to mildew and yucky odors. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Toxin-free and self-extinguishing, this candle is lighting up Amazon right now," 1 Oct. 2020 The balm contains beeswax, vitamin E and a hint of peppermint oil to nourish dry lips. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "24 of the best products for men’s skin care, according to experts," 14 Sep. 2020 Purchasing beeswax in a resealable bag provides convenience and protection. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best cosmetic beeswax," 12 Aug. 2020 This product mixes white and yellow beeswax with vitamin E for an experience that’s both soothing and protective. Christine Hayes, USA TODAY, "15 things that can make life easier for elderly dogs," 29 July 2020

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First Known Use of beeswax

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Beeswax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of beeswax

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


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Kids Definition of beeswax

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


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