An animal or plant substance, such as BEESWAX or CARNAUBA WAX , that
differs from fat in that it is less greasy,
harder, and more brittle. Wax is essentially an
ester of monohydric alcohols and fatty acids of
high molecular weight, in association with some
free acids and alcohols. See also: CANDELILLA WAX ;CHINESE WAX ;INSECT WAX ;JAPAN WAX ;LANOLIN ;MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX
;PLANT WAX ;SPERMACETI WAX .