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.
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First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for queen substance
a pheromone secreted by queen honeybees and consumed by the workers, in whom it causes suppression of egg-laying