royal jelly


: a highly nutritious secretion of the pharyngeal glands of the honeybee that is fed to the very young larvae in a colony and to all queen larvae

Examples of royal jelly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Designed for couples, this anti-aging procedure utilizes Pink Rose clay found in the mountains of Syria, royal jelly, honey, and essential oils. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 The lotions have hydrating ingredients like royal jelly, beeswax, propolis extract, and pure honey, all in a non-greasy formula. Enjanae' Taylor, Southern Living, 7 Nov. 2023 Powered by innovative ingredients like snail mucin centella asiatica, and royal jelly, each of the formulas is sought-after stateside for a fresh take on skin-balancing. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2023 The bees raised on royal jelly that had been heated for 30 days developed into regular worker bees, suggesting that whatever ingredient of royal jelly turns bees into queens broke down shortly before those 30 days were up. Valerie Ross, Discover Magazine, 26 Apr. 2011 From the honey house, bees produce beeswax, royal jelly, venom, pollen, bee bread, honey and propolis, which is bee medicine as well as human medicine. Jeastman, oregonlive, 18 July 2023 Think intensive hydration and glass skin powered by innovative formulations featuring ingredients from snail mucin to royal jelly and centella asiatica (an Asian-grown herb known for its anti-inflammatory benefits). Kiana Murden, Vogue, 13 July 2022 When your skin needs an additional layer of nourishment after a long day, the Chogongjin Geumsul Emulsion will swoop in with redness-reducing ginseng, collagen-boosting royal jelly, and strengthening niacinamide to give your complexion a surge of moisture, bounciness, and radiance. Devon Abelman, Allure, 17 Oct. 2022 Beyond the profitable products and byproducts harvested directly from honey bee colonies such as honey, wax, propolis, and royal jelly, more than 90 different crops—about one-third of total crop production in the U.S.—are dependent upon these prolific pollinators for their survival and prosperity. al, 31 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of royal jelly was in 1806

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“Royal jelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

royal jelly

: a substance rich in vitamins and proteins that is secreted from glands in the head of honeybees and is fed to all very young larvae and to all maturing queen bees

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