Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The yellow to grayish-brown wax secreted by the honeybee for constructing honeycombs.
  • n. Commercial wax obtained by processing and purifying the crude wax of the honeybee and used in making candles, crayons, and polishes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wax secreted by bees from which they make honeycomb; or, the processed form of this wax used in the manufacture of various goods.
  • n. “Business”; in phrases like mind your own beeswax and none of your beeswax.
  • v. To polish (something) with beeswax.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wax secreted by bees, and of which their cells are constructed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wax secreted by bees, of which their cells are constructed. See wax.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cover with beeswax
  • n. a yellow to brown wax secreted by honeybees to build honeycombs

Etymologies

From bees + 's + wax (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I do know that beeswax is available, but at what cost?

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  • To add insult to injury, the soap lathers badly - perhaps because beeswax is not a natural lathering agent.

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  • He sputtered back that the viscosity of melted beeswax is different than urine and blood, the two things he most commonly pours.

    Candlemaking - The Inevitable Spill

  • On Good Friday, a fellow parishioner was handing out bunches of nine thin beeswax candles (homemade) for praying the Divine Mercy Novena.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • As with a lot of the beadwork, the surface of a plywood board is first coated in beeswax that is softened in the sun.

    Huichol Art

  • The thin beeswax coating also contributes a slight chewiness to these that isn’t noticeable in the fresh version.

    Trader Joe’s Canneles de Bordeaux, reviewed | Baking Bites

  • Unfortunately, most candles today are not made of beeswax, which is very expensive; although I like the idea very much, I'm not sure what the advantage might be of singing untruthfully about bees and their work.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • They are rich in cattle, and their country produces much beeswax, which is carefully collected, and brought to the Portuguese, with whom they have always been on good terms.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • The beeswax is a still more important and valuable product, formed by the wild bees (Apis dorsata), which build huge honeycombs, suspended in the open air from the underside of the lofty branches of the highest trees.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • On a more personal note, it was gratifying to read Judge Mayer calling beeswax on the Chakrabarty Court's turning of the legislative history on its head in regard to "anything under the sun that is made by man."

    Patent Law Blog (Patently-O)

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