Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The yellow to grayish-brown wax secreted by the honeybee for constructing honeycombs.
  • noun Commercial wax obtained by processing and purifying the crude wax of the honeybee and used in making candles, crayons, and polishes.
  • noun Informal A matter of concern or business that pertains to someone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The wax secreted by bees, of which their cells are constructed. See wax.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The wax secreted by bees, and of which their cells are constructed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A wax secreted by bees from which they make honeycomb; or, the processed form of this wax used in the manufacture of various goods.
  • noun colloquialBusiness”; in phrases like mind your own beeswax and none of your beeswax.
  • verb To polish (something) with beeswax.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cover with beeswax
  • noun a yellow to brown wax secreted by honeybees to build honeycombs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Sense 3, jocular alteration of business.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From bees + 's + wax

Examples

  • To add insult to injury, the soap lathers badly - perhaps because beeswax is not a natural lathering agent.

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  • He sputtered back that the viscosity of melted beeswax is different than urine and blood, the two things he most commonly pours.

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  • To add insult to injury, the soap lathers badly - perhaps because beeswax is not a natural lathering agent.

    Beeswax in Melt & Pour

  • He sputtered back that the viscosity of melted beeswax is different than urine and blood, the two things he most commonly pours.

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  • On Good Friday, a fellow parishioner was handing out bunches of nine thin beeswax candles (homemade) for praying the Divine Mercy Novena.

    Last Day of the Divine Mercy Novena

  • I do know that beeswax is available, but at what cost?

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  • On Good Friday, a fellow parishioner was handing out bunches of nine thin beeswax candles (homemade) for praying the Divine Mercy Novena.

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  • As with a lot of the beadwork, the surface of a plywood board is first coated in beeswax that is softened in the sun.

    Huichol Art

  • As with a lot of the beadwork, the surface of a plywood board is first coated in beeswax that is softened in the sun.

    Huichol Art

  • The thin beeswax coating also contributes a slight chewiness to these that isn’t noticeable in the fresh version.

    Trader Joe’s Canneles de Bordeaux, reviewed | Baking Bites

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