1. [syn: bee moth, wax moth, Galleria mellonella]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wax \Wax\, 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
called beeswax. 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) (Zool.) A substance similar to beeswax, secreted by
several species of scale insects, as the Chinese wax.
See Wax insect, below.
(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
Japanese wax, a waxlike substance made in Japan from the
berries of certain species of Rhus, esp. Rhus
Mineral wax. (Min.) See Wax, 2
Wax cloth. See Waxed cloth, under Waxed.
Wax end. See Waxed end, under Waxed.
Wax flower, a flower made of, or resembling, wax.
Wax insect (Zool.), any one of several species of scale
insects belonging to the family Coccidae, which 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
Wax light, a candle or taper of wax.
Wax moth (Zool.), a pyralid moth (Galleria cereana) whose
larvae 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
Wax myrtle. (Bot.) See Bayberry.
Wax painting, 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.
Wax palm. (Bot.)
(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
Wax paper, paper prepared with a coating of white wax and
Wax plant (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.
Wax tree (Bot.)
(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 (Elaeagia utilis) of New Grenada,
called by the inhabitants "arbol del cera."
Wax yellow, a dull yellow, resembling the natural color of
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bee \Bee\ (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. (Zool.) An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family
Apid[ae] (the honeybees), or family Andrenid[ae] (the
solitary bees.) See Honeybee.
Note: There are many genera and species. The common honeybee
(Apis mellifica) 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
Apis mellifica 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. The
tropical honeybees belong mostly to Melipoma and
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
1st Bow.] (Naut.) Pieces of hard wood bolted to the
sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays
through; -- called also bee blocks.
Bee beetle (Zool.), a beetle (Trichodes apiarius)
parasitic in beehives.
Bee bird (Zool.), a bird that eats the honeybee, as the
European flycatcher, and the American kingbird.
Bee flower (Bot.), an orchidaceous plant of the genus
Ophrys (Ophrys apifera), whose flowers have some
resemblance to bees, flies, and other insects.
Bee fly (Zool.), a two winged fly of the family
Bombyliid[ae]. Some species, in the larval state, are
parasitic upon bees.
Bee garden, a garden or inclosure to set beehives in; an
Bee glue, a soft, unctuous matter, with which bees cement
the combs to the hives, and close up the cells; -- called
Bee hawk (Zool.), the honey buzzard.
Bee killer (Zool.), a large two-winged fly of the family
Asilid[ae] (esp. Trupanea apivora) which feeds upon
the honeybee. See Robber fly.
Bee louse (Zool.), a minute, wingless, dipterous insect
(Braula c[ae]ca) parasitic on hive bees.
Bee martin (Zool.), the kingbird (Tyrannus Carolinensis)
which occasionally feeds on bees.
Bee moth (Zool.), a moth (Galleria cereana) whose
larv[ae] feed on honeycomb, occasioning great damage in
Bee wolf (Zool.), 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.
[1913 Webster] beebalm
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs [syn:
bee moth, wax moth, Galleria mellonella]