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Probably an Early Modern English combination of bee + bread, but compare the Old English bēobrēad (“honeycomb full of honey”). Cognate with Old Saxon bībrōd (“honeycomb”, “gingerbread”, literally “bee-bread”).
- Bee pollen with added honey and bee secretions, made and stored in brood cells by forager bees, and used as food for worker bees and larvae.
bee pollen with added honey and bee secretions