a pheromone secreted from the mandibular glands of a queen honeybee and smelled, eaten, and absorbed by the worker bees, having the effect of preventing them from producing or rearing rival queens.
a pheromone secreted by queen honeybees and consumed by the workers, in whom it causes suppression of egg-laying
noun 1. a hard, cream-colored earthenware, perfected c1765 by Wedgwood. /ˈkwiːnzˌwɛə/ noun 1. a type of light white earthenware with a brilliant glaze developed from creamware by Josiah Wedgwood and named in honour of his patroness, Queen Charlotte
noun 1. a truss having queen posts with no king post.
[kweer] /kwɪər/ adjective, queerer, queerest. 1. strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: a queer notion of justice. 2. of a questionable nature or character; suspicious; shady: Something queer about the language of the prospectus kept investors away. 3. not feeling physically right or well; giddy, faint, or qualmish: to feel queer. […]
- Queer as a three-dollar bill
adverb Obviously homosexual •Usu considered offensive: He is queer as a three-dollar bill
noun a person who attracts the interest of gay people; a person who has gay mannerisms but claims to be straight; also spelled queer bait Usage Note derogatory slang noun