a tallowlike substance that honeybees secrete and use for building their honeycomb: it is used in candles, polishes, etc.
- The yellow to grayish-brown wax secreted by the honeybee for constructing honeycombs.
- Commercial wax obtained by processing and purifying the crude wax of the honeybee and used in making candles, crayons, and polishes.
- Informal A matter of concern or business that pertains to someone: It's none of your beeswax where I'm going tonight.
Origin of beeswaxSense 3, jocular alteration of business
(usually uncountable, plural beeswaxes)
(third-person singular simple present beeswaxes, present participle beeswaxing, simple past and past participle beeswaxed)
- To polish (something) with beeswax.
- Mules, sheep and cattle' are bred, and beeswax is produced in large quantities.
- For beeswax London is one of the chief marts of the world.
- Moulds for reproducing plates or art-work are often taken in plaster, beeswax mixed with Venice turpentine, fusible metal, or guttapercha, and the surface being rendered conductive by powdered black-lead, copper is deposited upon it evenly throughout.
- Vegetable wax, which is an excellent substitute for beeswax, is a product of the carnahuha palm (Copernicia cerifera), and is an important export from Ceara.
- The principal exports are rubber, sugar, ground-nuts and oil seeds, beeswax, chromite (from Rhodesia), and gold (from Manica).