- a reddish resinous cement collected by bees from the buds of trees, used to stop up crevices in the hives, strengthen the cells, etc.
Origin of propolis
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
Also called bee glue.
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Examples from the Web for propolis
Yes, it is bee-glue (propolis); it is very common on old hives.Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained
They are then killed and covered with a coating of propolis.Animal Intelligence
George J. Romanes
They encase it in propolis, which preserves it from putrefaction.The Insect World
And Fessa took the last of the propolis from her very roughly.Nuova
We actually saw two or three arrive, and carry the propolis from off the limbs of each with their teeth.Insect Architecture
- 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
C17: via Latin from Greek: suburb, bee glue, from pro- before + polis city