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begonia


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wax  \Wax\,  n.  [AS.  weax;  akin  to  OFries  wax,  D.  was  G.  wachs 
  OHG.  wahs,  Icel.  &  Sw  vax,  Dan.  vox,  Lith.  vaszkas  Russ. 
  vosk'.] 
  1.  A  fatty,  solid  substance,  produced  by  bees,  and  employed 
  by  them  in  the  construction  of  their  comb;  --  usually 
  called  beeswax.  It  is  first  excreted,  from  a  row  of 
  pouches  along  their  sides,  in  the  form  of  scales,  which 
  being  masticated  and  mixed  with  saliva,  become  whitened 
  and  tenacious.  Its  natural  color  is  pale  or  dull  yellow. 
 
  Note:  Beeswax  consists  essentially  of  cerotic  acid 
  (constituting  the  more  soluble  part)  and  of  myricyl 
  palmitate  (constituting  the  less  soluble  part). 
 
  2.  Hence  any  substance  resembling  beeswax  in  consistency  or 
  appearance.  Specifically: 
  a  (Physiol.)  Cerumen,  or  earwax.  See  {Cerumen}. 
  b  A  waxlike  composition  used  for  uniting  surfaces,  for 
  excluding  air,  and  for  other  purposes;  as  sealing 
  wax,  grafting  wax,  etching  wax,  etc 
  c  A  waxlike  composition  used  by  shoemakers  for  rubbing 
  their  thread. 
  d  (Zo["o]l.)  A  substance  similar  to  beeswax,  secreted  by 
  several  species  of  scale  insects,  as  the  Chinese  wax. 
  See  {Wax  insect},  below. 
  e  (Bot.)  A  waxlike  product  secreted  by  certain  plants. 
  See  {Vegetable  wax},  under  {Vegetable}. 
  f  (Min.)  A  substance,  somewhat  resembling  wax,  found  in 
  connection  with  certain  deposits  of  rock  salt  and 
  coal;  --  called  also  mineral  wax,  and  ozocerite. 
  g  Thick  sirup  made  by  boiling  down  the  sap  of  the  sugar 
  maple,  and  then  cooling.  [Local  U.  S.] 
 
  {Japanese  wax},  a  waxlike  substance  made  in  Japan  from  the 
  berries  of  certain  species  of  {Rhus},  esp.  {R. 
  succedanea}. 
 
  {Mineral  wax}.  (Min.)  See  {Wax},  2 
  (f),  above. 
 
  {Wax  cloth}.  See  {Waxed  cloth},  under  {Waxed}. 
 
  {Wax  end}.  See  {Waxed  end},  under  {Waxed}. 
 
  {Wax  flower},  a  flower  made  of  or  resembling,  wax. 
 
  {Wax  insect}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  several  species  of  scale 
  insects  belonging  to  the  family  {Coccid[ae]},  which 
  secrete  from  their  bodies  a  waxlike  substance,  especially 
  the  Chinese  wax  insect  ({Coccus  Sinensis})  from  which  a 
  large  amount  of  the  commercial  Chinese  wax  is  obtained. 
  Called  also  {pela}. 
 
  {Wax  light},  a  candle  or  taper  of  wax. 
 
  {Wax  moth}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  pyralid  moth  ({Galleria  cereana}) 
  whose  larv[ae]  feed  upon  honeycomb,  and  construct  silken 
  galleries  among  the  fragments.  The  moth  has  dusky  gray 
  wings  streaked  with  brown  near  the  outer  edge.  The  larva 
  is  yellowish  white  with  brownish  dots.  Called  also  {bee 
  moth}. 
 
  {Wax  myrtle}.  (Bot.)  See  {Bayberry}. 
 
  {Wax  painting},  a  kind  of  painting  practiced  by  the  ancients, 
  under  the  name  of  encaustic.  The  pigments  were  ground  with 
  wax,  and  diluted.  After  being  applied,  the  wax  was  melted 
  with  hot  irons  and  the  color  thus  fixed. 
 
  {Wax  palm}.  (Bot.) 
  a  A  species  of  palm  ({Ceroxylon  Andicola})  native  of  the 
  Andes,  the  stem  of  which  is  covered  with  a  secretion, 
  consisting  of  two  thirds  resin  and  one  third  wax, 
  which  when  melted  with  a  third  of  fat,  makes 
  excellent  candles. 
  b  A  Brazilian  tree  ({Copernicia  cerifera})  the  young 
  leaves  of  which  are  covered  with  a  useful  waxy 
  secretion. 
 
  {Wax  paper},  paper  prepared  with  a  coating  of  white  wax  and 
  other  ingredients. 
 
  {Wax  plant}  (Bot.),  a  name  given  to  several  plants,  as: 
  a  The  Indian  pipe  (see  under  {Indian}). 
  b  The  {Hoya  carnosa},  a  climbing  plant  with  polished, 
  fleshy  leaves. 
  c  Certain  species  of  {Begonia}  with  similar  foliage. 
 
  {Wax  tree}  (Bot.) 
  a  A  tree  or  shrub  ({Ligustrum  lucidum})  of  China,  on 
  which  certain  insects  make  a  thick  deposit  of  a 
  substance  resembling  white  wax. 
  b  A  kind  of  sumac  ({Rhus  succedanea})  of  Japan,  the 
  berries  of  which  yield  a  sort  of  wax. 
  c  A  rubiaceous  tree  ({El[ae]agia  utilis})  of  New 
  Grenada,  called  by  the  inhabitants  ``arbol  del  cera.'' 
 
 
  {Wax  yellow},  a  dull  yellow,  resembling  the  natural  color  of 
  beeswax. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Begonia  \Be*go"ni*a\  (b[-e]*g[=o]"n[i^]*[.a]),  n.  [From  Michel 
  Begon,  a  promoter  of  botany.]  (Bot.) 
  A  genus  of  plants,  mostly  of  tropical  America,  many  species 
  of  which  are  grown  as  ornamental  plants.  The  leaves  are 
  curiously  one-sided,  and  often  exhibit  brilliant  colors. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  begonia 
  n  :  any  of  numerous  plants  of  the  genus  Begonia  grown  for  their 
  attractive  glossy  asymmetrical  leaves  and  colorful 
  flowers  in  usually  terminal  cymes  or  racemes 




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