a reddish resinous cement collected by bees from the buds of trees, used to stop up crevices in the hives
, strengthen the cells, etc.
< Greek própolis
bee glue, literally, outskirts of a city (see pro-2
), 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