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propolis

[prop-uh-lis] /ˈprɒp ə lɪs/
noun
1.
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
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, a substance made by the honeybee, is a potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent.
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propolis

/ˈprɒpəlɪs/
noun
1.
a greenish-brown resinous aromatic substance collected by bees from the buds of trees for use in the construction of hives Also called bee glue, hive dross
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek: suburb, bee glue, from pro- before + polis city
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