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propolis Line breaks: prop|olis
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒp(ə)lɪs/

Definition of propolis in English:


[mass noun]
A red or brown resinous substance collected by honeybees from tree buds, used by them to fill crevices and to fix and varnish honeycombs.
Example sentences
  • ‘They mix it with saliva, pollen and beeswax to form propolis, a resinous yellow-brown to dark brown substance,’ she said.
  • Natural honey-bee products such as propolis, royal jelly, caffeic acid, honey and venom may have applications in cancer treatment and prevention, say researchers.
  • The jars are all capped with pieces of honeycomb, wax and propolis.


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek propolis 'suburb', also 'bee glue', from pro 'before' + polis 'city'.

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