royal jelly

noun

Definition of 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

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They can be trained on how to extract bee venom and produce royal jelly. The Christian Science Monitor, "As climate change worsens, East African beekeepers struggle with harvest," 17 May 2018 My hosts, gracious bee people all, described bee behavior as a ballet of beeswax, royal jelly, nectar gathering, honey production, and reproduction. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "South Jersey beekeepers stung by proposed state regulations," 4 Feb. 2018 Larvae that eat royal jelly, a substance secreted by the glands of nurse bees, develop into queens, while those that feed on a combination of pollen and honey called bee bread become workers. Aneri Pattani, New York Times, "The Secret Ingredient That Stops Honeybees From Becoming Queens," 31 Aug. 2017 Previous research focused on the role of the protein and sugar-rich royal jelly in caste development, but this study found a new mechanism: small molecules in plants called microRNA. Aneri Pattani, New York Times, "The Secret Ingredient That Stops Honeybees From Becoming Queens," 31 Aug. 2017 Described as a toner, essence, serum and moisturizer (seriously), this multi-tasking formula stars anti-bacterial honey, royal jelly, and propolis extract to brighten the skin, keep acne at bay, and lock in moisture. Gillian Fuller, Allure, "7 Asian Skin-Care Products From Amazon That Work FAST," 14 Sep. 2017 Previously, researchers thought that something in the food fed to young queens—a secretion called royal jelly—was what made the difference. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Why Costa Rica’s crocodiles are changing sex and an asthma drug to treat Parkinson’s," 1 Sep. 2017

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1806, in the meaning defined above

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