Definition for PRO'PO-LIS

PRO'PO-LIS, n. [Gr. before the city, or the front of the city.]

A thick odorous substance having some resemblance to wax and smelling like storax; used by bees to stop the holes and crevices in their hives to prevent the entrance of cold air, &c. Pliny represents it as the third coat; the first he calls commosis; the second pissoceros; the third, more solid than the others, he calls propolis. – Plin. Nat. Hist. This account of the propolis may not be perfectly correct, as authors do not agree in their descriptions of it.

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