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beeswax

[beez-waks]
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noun
  1. wax1(def 1).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to rub or treat with beeswax.
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Origin of beeswax

First recorded in 1670–80; bee1 + 's1 + wax1
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Related Words for beeswax

problem, issue, interest, duty, function, task, affair, happening, point, assignment, question, topic, matter, responsibility, lookout, palaver, subject, beeswax, hanky-panky, goings-on

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British Dictionary definitions for beeswax

beeswax

noun
    1. a yellowish or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees for constructing honeycombs
    2. this wax after refining, purifying, etc, used in polishes, ointments, and for modelling
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verb
  1. (tr) to polish with such wax
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Word Origin and History for beeswax

n.

1670s, from genitive of bee + wax. As a jocular alteration of business (usually in an injunction to someone to mind his own) attested from 1934 in Lower East Side slang as reproduced in Henry Roth's "Call It Sleep."

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