royal jelly


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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Recent Examples on the Web When a queen honey bee grows old after two to three years, offspring are designated as future queens and fed a highly nutritious diet of royal jelly – a mixture of nectar and pollen. Lila Westreich, The Conversation, "Spring signals female bees to lay the next generation of pollinators," 1 May 2020 Made with royal jelly and honey—both products from the beehive—this mask promises to bring more vitality and glow back into your hair. Popular Science, "Bee-derived products that do more than sweeten your tea," 4 Nov. 2019 It's made with honey extract, which nurtures skin, and royal jelly (a honey bee secretion)—both deliver all the good things (amino acids, vitamins, and minerals) to your face. Maya Mcdowell, Seventeen, "These Superfood-Inspired Beauty Products Are a *Must* for Your Most Annoying Skin Issues," 21 May 2019 There are less painful ways to enjoy the salutary effects of bees — which brings us back to royal jelly, the cornerstone of two anti-aging creams released by Guerlain this month. Cristina Mueller, Town & Country, "Beauty and the Bees," 6 Dec. 2012 And royal jelly, the rare and prized milky substance that nurse bees produce to feed to their queen, is purported to have tremendous immune-boosting, tissue-repairing properties. Cristina Mueller, Town & Country, "Beauty and the Bees," 6 Dec. 2012 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,, "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

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First Known Use of royal jelly

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Royal jelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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