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A resinous substance collected from the buds of certain trees by bees and used as a cement or sealant in the construction of their hives.
[Latin, from Greek, suburb, bee glue (from the fact that it was originally the name of a structure around the opening into the hive) : pro-, before; see pro-2 + polis, city; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Zoology) a greenish-brown resinous aromatic substance collected by bees from the buds of trees for use in the construction of hives. Also called: bee glue or hive dross
[C17: via Latin from Greek: suburb, bee glue, from pro- before + polis city]
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prop•o•lis(ˈprɒp ə lɪs)
a reddish resinous cement collected by bees from the buds of trees, used to stop up crevices in the hives, strengthen the cells, etc.
[1400–50; late Middle English propoleos < Medieval Latin, for Latin propolis < Greek própolis bee glue, literally, outskirts of a city (see pro-2, -polis), appar. orig. the name for a structure around the entrance to a hive, hence applied to the glue from which it was made]
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