Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brown bitter substance, the pollen of flowers, collected by bees as food for their young.
- n. A plant much visited by bees or cultivated for their use, as red clover, Trifolium pratense, or borage, Borago officinalis.
‘Bread’ here refers to any morsel of food.
“Not one pickopeck of muscow — money to bag a tittlebits of beebread!”
“Bees, when deprived of their female sovereign, cease their labors; no pollen or beebread is seen on their legs; no ambition seems to actuate their movements; no dead bees are drawn out; no deformed bees, in the various stages of their minority, are extracted, and dragged out of their cells, and dropped down about the hive, as is usual among all healthy and prosperous colonies.”
“Occasionally, during the proper season, he locates a bees' nest and therefrom procures an amount of honey, larvae, and beebread that proves an uncommon treat for himself and his family.”