Meaning of propolis in English:


Pronunciation /ˈprɒp(ə)lɪs/


mass noun
  • A red or brown resinous substance collected by honeybees from tree buds, used by them to fill crevices and to fix and varnish honeycombs.

    ‘‘They mix it with saliva, pollen and beeswax to form propolis, a resinous yellow-brown to dark brown substance,’ she said.’
    • ‘Natural honey-bee products such as propolis, royal jelly, caffeic acid, honey and venom may have applications in cancer treatment and prevention, say researchers.’
    • ‘The jars are all capped with pieces of honeycomb, wax and propolis.’
    • ‘Apart from honey, they produce beeswax, propolis, royal jelly and bee pollen, all of which have significant medicinal and cosmetic applications.’
    • ‘Other ingredients such as propolis, myrrh, tea tree and echinacea can help slow bacterial growth, strengthen gum tissue and prevent inflammation.’
    • ‘There are four main products of the hive that contain a broad spectrum of health and anti-aging secrets-bee pollen, propolis, honey and royal jelly…’
    • ‘Bees carry pollen, nectar, or both, as well as propolis (plant resin) or water, back to the hive.’
    • ‘It reported that bee products such as royal icily, propolis and venom might help prevent cancer by inhibiting tumor growth; the study was done on mice.’
    • ‘Along with honey, bees produce a natural antibiotic called propolis which is a sticky substance that holds their comb together.’
    • ‘Subjects with giardiasis (diagnosed via duodenal aspiration) received a five-day regimen of tinidazole or propolis.’
    • ‘Research shows that propolis offers antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties and is effective against many respiratory infections such as colds and influenza.’
    • ‘Creams or ointments containing aloe vera or propolis (a natural anti-microbial agent extracted from beehives) have been found to help reduce the discomfort of cold sores and hasten their healing.’
    • ‘Look for propolis in capsules, tablets, skin creams, tinctures, mouthwashes, toothpastes, and lozenges in your health food store.’
    • ‘In recent years, the biological and pharmacological properties of propolis have begun to receive more attention in the scientific community.’
    • ‘One to two parts of propolis (with impurities removed) were preferably crushed in ten parts of 35 proof ethanol.’
    • ‘Use a cream containing propolis - it has immune-boosting properties and has been shown to help heal cold sores quickly and reduce the associated pain.’
    • ‘They investigated the antigiardial activity of propolis in varying concentrations in an open trial in Cuba.’
    • ‘According to the Scottish nutritionist, propolis is necessary because ‘bees have no immune system’.’
    • ‘I also had a Pevonia Plantomer facial, in which they use numinous ampoules of propolis and lavender to soothe and hydrate the complexion.’
    • ‘He has given us light with wax, sustenance with honey and propolis, which is antiviral.’


Early 17th century via Latin from Greek propolis ‘suburb’, also ‘bee glue’, from pro ‘before’ + polis ‘city’.