propolis

[prop-uh-lis]
noun
a reddish resinous cement collected by bees from the buds of trees, used to stop up crevices in the hives, strengthen the cells, etc.
Also called bee glue.


Origin:
1350–1400; < Latin < Greek própolis bee glue, literally, outskirts of a city (see pro-2, -polis), apparently orig. the name for a structure around the entrance to a hive, hence applied to the glue from which it was made; replacing Middle English propoleos < Medieval Latin, for Latin propolis as above

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propolis (ˈprɒpəlɪs)
 
n
bee glue, Also called: hive dross a greenish-brown resinous aromatic substance collected by bees from the buds of trees for use in the construction of hives
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek: suburb, bee glue, from pro- before + polis city]

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Propolis, a substance made by the honeybee, is a potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent.
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