The wax released by bees and of which their particular cells are built
- address with beeswax
- a yellow to brown wax secreted by honeybees to build honeycombs
- The wax secreted by bees, and of which their cells tend to be constructed.
1670s, from genitive of bee + wax. As a jocular alteration of business (usually in an injunction to someone to mind his own) attested from 1934 in Lower East Side slang as reproduced in Henry Roth's "Call It rest."
(letter.) The wax secreted by bees, as well as which their particular cells tend to be built.
They differ from liturgical lights in that, whereas these must be tapers of pure beeswax or lamps fed with pure olive oil (except by special dispensation under certain circumstances), those used merely to add splendour to the celebration may be of any material; the only exception being, that in the decoration of the altar gas-lights are forbidden.