royal jelly

royal jelly
noun Date: 1817 a highly nutritious secretion of the pharyngeal glands of the honeybee that is fed to the very young larvae in a colony and to all queen larvae

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  • Royal jelly — is a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of the larvae. It is secreted from the hypopharyngeal glands in the heads of young workers and used (among other substances) to feed all of the larvae in the colony, including those destined… …   Wikipedia

  • royal jelly — noun uncount a substance produced by BEES to feed their young that some people believe has major health benefits …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • royal jelly — ► NOUN ▪ a substance secreted by honeybee workers and fed by them to larvae which are being raised as potential queen bees …   English terms dictionary

  • royal jelly — n. a highly nutritious mixture secreted by the maxillary glands in young honeybee workers, fed to all larvae for the first few days and then fed to only those larvae chosen to be queens …   English World dictionary

  • royal jelly — noun a secretion of the pharyngeal glands of bees that is fed to very young larvae and to bees destined to be queens • Hypernyms: ↑secretion * * * ˌroyal ˈjelly f15 [royal jelly] noun uncountable …   Useful english dictionary

  • royal jelly — noun 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 …   Wiktionary

  • royal jelly — N UNCOUNT Royal jelly is a substance that bees make in order to feed young bees and queen bees …   English dictionary

  • royal jelly — (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, a complex material secreted by the pharyngeal salivary glands of the worker honey bee with proteolytic activity, rich in fatty acids, the B vitamins and other substances, that is fed to the brood at the start …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • royal jelly — a viscous substance secreted from the pharyngeal glands of worker honeybees, fed to all larvae during their first few days and afterward only to those larvae selected to be queens. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • royal jelly — mixture of materials that bees set aside and feed their larva with …   English contemporary dictionary

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