propolis

[ prop-uh-lis ]
/ ˈprɒp ə lɪs /

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.

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Origin of propolis

1350–1400; <Latin <Greek própolis bee glue, literally, outskirts of a city (see pro-2, -polis), apparently originally 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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British Dictionary definitions for propolis

propolis
/ (ˈprɒpəlɪs) /

noun

a greenish-brown resinous aromatic substance collected by bees from the buds of trees for use in the construction of hivesAlso called: bee glue, hive dross

Word Origin for propolis

C17: via Latin from Greek: suburb, bee glue, from pro- before + polis city
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