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Definition: Galleria cereana
, n. [AS. weax; akin to OFries. wax, D. was, G. wachs,
OHG. wahs, Icel. & Sw. vax, Dan. vox, Lith. vaszkas, Russ.
1. A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed
by them in the construction of their comb; -- usually
. It is first excreted, from a row of
pouches along their sides, in the form of scales, which,
being masticated and mixed with saliva, become whitened
and tenacious. Its natural color is pale or dull yellow.
Note: Beeswax consists essentially of cerotic acid
(constituting the more soluble part) and of myricyl
palmitate (constituting the less soluble part).
2. Hence, any substance resembling beeswax in consistency or
(a) (Physiol.) Cerumen, or earwax. See Cerumen
(b) A waxlike composition used for uniting surfaces, for
excluding air, and for other purposes; as, sealing
wax, grafting wax, etching wax, etc.
(c) A waxlike composition used by shoemakers for rubbing
(d) (Zo["o]l.) A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by
several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax.
See Wax insect
(e) (Bot.) A waxlike product secreted by certain plants.
See Vegetable wax
, under Vegetable
(f) (Min.) A substance, somewhat resembling wax, found in
connection with certain deposits of rock salt and
coal; -- called also mineral wax, and ozocerite.
(g) Thick sirup made by boiling down the sap of the sugar
maple, and then cooling. [Local U. S.]
(h) any of numerous substances or mixtures composed
predominantly of the longer-chain saturated
hydrocarbons such as the paraffins, which are solid at
room teperature, or their alcohol, carboxylic acid, or
, a waxlike substance made in Japan from the
berries of certain species of Rhus
, esp. Rhus succedanea
. (Min.) See Wax
. See Waxed cloth
, under Waxed
. See Waxed end
, under Waxed
, a flower made of, or resembling, wax.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of scale
insects belonging to the family Coccid[ae]
secrete from their bodies a waxlike substance, especially
the Chinese wax insect (Coccus Sinensis
) from which a
large amount of the commercial Chinese wax is obtained.
Called also pela
, a candle or taper of wax.
(Zo["o]l.), a pyralid moth (Galleria cereana
whose larv[ae] feed upon honeycomb, and construct silken
galleries among the fragments. The moth has dusky gray
wings streaked with brown near the outer edge. The larva
is yellowish white with brownish dots. Called also bee moth
. (Bot.) See Bayberry
, a kind of painting practiced by the ancients,
under the name of encaustic. The pigments were ground with
wax, and diluted. After being applied, the wax was melted
with hot irons and the color thus fixed.
(a) A species of palm (Ceroxylon Andicola
) native of the
Andes, the stem of which is covered with a secretion,
consisting of two thirds resin and one third wax,
which, when melted with a third of fat, makes
(b) A Brazilian tree (Copernicia cerifera
) the young
leaves of which are covered with a useful waxy
, paper prepared with a coating of white wax and
(Bot.), a name given to several plants, as:
(a) The Indian pipe (see under Indian
(b) The Hoya carnosa
, a climbing plant with polished,
(c) Certain species of Begonia
with similar foliage.
(a) A tree or shrub (Ligustrum lucidum
) of China, on
which certain insects make a thick deposit of a
substance resembling white wax.
(b) A kind of sumac (Rhus succedanea
) of Japan, the
berries of which yield a sort of wax.
(c) A rubiaceous tree (El[ae]agia utilis
) of New
Grenada, called by the inhabitants “arbol del cera.”
, a dull yellow, resembling the natural color of
(b[=e]), n. [AS. be['o]; akin to D. bij and bije,
Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh.
Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) An insect of the order Hymenoptera
(the honeybees), or family
(the solitary bees.) See Honeybee
Note: There are many genera and species. The common honeybee
) lives in swarms, each of which has
its own queen, its males or drones, and its very
numerous workers, which are barren females. Besides the
there are other species and varieties
of honeybees, as the Apis ligustica
of Spain and
Italy; the Apis Indica
of India; the Apis fasciata
of Egypt. The bumblebee
is a species of Bombus
tropical honeybees belong mostly to Melipoma
2. A neighborly gathering of people who engage in united
labor for the benefit of an individual or family; as, a
quilting bee; a husking bee; a raising bee. [U. S.]
The cellar . . . was dug by a bee in a single day.
3. pl. [Prob. fr. AS. be['a]h ring, fr. b?gan to bend. See
.] (Naut.) Pieces of hard wood bolted to the
sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays
through; -- called also bee blocks
(Zo["o]l.), a beetle (Trichodes apiarius
parasitic in beehives.
(Zo["o]l.), a bird that eats the honeybee, as the
European flycatcher, and the American kingbird.
(Bot.), an orchidaceous plant of the genus
), whose flowers have some
resemblance to bees, flies, and other insects.
(Zo["o]l.), a two winged fly of the family
. Some species, in the larval state, are
parasitic upon bees.
, a garden or inclosure to set beehives in; an
, a soft, unctuous matter, with which bees cement
the combs to the hives, and close up the cells; -- called
(Zo["o]l.), the honey buzzard.
(Zo["o]l.), a large two-winged fly of the family
(esp. Trupanea apivora
) which feeds upon
the honeybee. See Robber fly
(Zo["o]l.), a minute, wingless, dipterous insect
) parasitic on hive bees.
(Zo["o]l.), the kingbird (Tyrannus Carolinensis
) which occasionally feeds on bees.
(Zo["o]l.), a moth (Galleria cereana
larv[ae] feed on honeycomb, occasioning great damage in
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of the bee beetle. See
Illust. of Bee beetle
To have a bee in the head
or To have a bee in the bonnet
(a) To be choleric. [Obs.]
(b) To be restless or uneasy. --B. Jonson.
(c) To be full of fancies; to be a little crazy. “She's
whiles crack-brained, and has a bee in her head.”
--Sir W. Scott.