Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Beeswax, a solid fatty substance secreted by bees - not, as is sometimes supposed, collected from plants - and formed into the cell walls of the comb. Being lighter than water (specific gravity .969), and melting at 64° to 65° Fah., it can be readily separated by drawing off the honey and melting the comb in boiling water, and then collecting the wax which floats to the surface and solidifies as the water cools. It is largely used for the manufacture of candles and of wax figures.