from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A nutritious substance secreted by the pharyngeal glands of worker bees that serves as food for all young larvae and as the only food for larvae that will develop into queen bees.
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- n. A substance secreted by bees to aid in the development of immature or young bees, called royal jelly because it is supplied in extra measure to those young that will become queen bees.
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- n. a secretion of the pharyngeal glands of bees that is fed to very young larvae and to bees destined to be queens
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If there is a comparable odor, it is, indeed, the moldly inner sanctum of some fermenting, bursting hive; but beet pollen is honey squared, royal jelly cubed, nectar raised to the nth power; the intensified secretions of the Earth's apiarian gland, reeking of ancient bridal chambers and intimacies half as old as time.