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queen substance

noun
1.
a pheromone secreted from the mandibular glands of a queen honeybee and smelled, eaten, and absorbed by the worker bees, having the effect of preventing them from producing or rearing rival queens.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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queen substance

noun
1.
a pheromone secreted by queen honeybees and consumed by the workers, in whom it causes suppression of egg-laying
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