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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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, 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

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First Known Use of royal jelly

1806, in the meaning defined above

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