• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Beeswing The second crust formed in port and some other wines after long keeping. It consists of pure, shining scales of tartar, supposed to resemble the wing of a bee.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n beeswing A gauzy film in port and some other wines, indicative of age; hence, sometimes, the wine itself. Also written bee's-wing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Beeswing a filmy crust of tartar formed in port and some other wines after long keeping
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A. S. béo; Ger. biene.


In literature:

In that way all the beeswing would be in the last glass, would it not?
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle
He backed Beeswing, Falcon, and Lightning.
"J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
For Beeswing and I together were the swiftest two, or the swiftest one, on that great station by the Willandra.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
Beeswing shivered again to the new, strange weight on her back.
"The Black Opal" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
He takes less pride in the beeswing who sees the shroud in the bottle.
"English Secularism" by George Jacob Holyoake