from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A brownish substance consisting of a mixture of pollen and honey and used by bees as food.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A brown bitter substance, the pollen of flowers, collected by bees as food for their young. See
- noun A plant much visited by bees or cultivated for their use, as red clover, Trifolium pratense, or borage, Borago officinalis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A mixture of
nectarand pollenmade by worker beesand used as foodfor larvae
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae
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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.