royal jelly


noun

a viscous substance secreted from the pharyngeal glands of worker honeybees, fed to all larvae during their first few days and afterward only to those larvae selected to be queens.

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Origin of royal jelly

First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for royal jelly

royal jelly

noun

a substance secreted by the pharyngeal glands of worker bees and fed to all larvae when very young and to larvae destined to become queens throughout their development
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