from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A resinous substance collected from the buds of certain trees by bees and used as a cement or sealant in the construction of their hives.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An aromatic glue-like substance produced by honeybees from tree resin, waxes, and their own secretions, used in the construction of their hives.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as Bee glue, under bee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A red, resinous, odorous substance having some resemblance to wax and smelling like storax.
Latin, from Greek, suburb, bee glue (from the fact that it was originally the name of a structure around the opening into the hive) : pro-, before; see pro-2 + polis, city; see pelə-3 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin propolis, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek πρόπολις ("suburb; propolis") (apparently because the material was used by bees to extend their hives), from Ancient Greek προ- ("pro-") + πόλις ("city"). (Wiktionary)