American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A brownish substance consisting of a mixture of pollen and honey and used by bees as food.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A brown bitter substance, the pollen of flowers, collected by bees as food for their young. See bee.
- n. A plant much visited by bees or cultivated for their use, as red clover, Trifolium pratense, or borage, Borago officinalis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A brown, bitter substance found in some of the cells of honeycomb. It is made chiefly from the pollen of flowers, which is collected by bees as food for their young.
- n. a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae
“Not one pickopeck of muscow — money to bag a tittlebits of beebread!”
“The whole ends with a vivid but very comic representation of the avid consumption of the honey and beebread.”
“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.”
“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.”
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