(1) “Abandoned apiary, equipment, or bees” means an apiary, equipment, or a colony
of bees that is not regularly maintained or attended in accordance with this chapter
or rules or quarantines adopted under this chapter.
(2) “Apiary” means a place where six or more colonies of bees or nuclei of bees are kept.
(3) “Beekeeper” means a person who owns, leases, or manages one or more colonies of bees for pollination
or the production of honey, beeswax, or other by-products, either for personal or
(4) “Bee” means any stage of the common honeybee, Apis mellifera species.
(5) “Colony” means the hive and its equipment and appurtenances including bees, comb, honey,
pollen, and brood.
(6) “Director” means the director of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.
(7) “Disease” means American foulbrood, European foulbrood, any other contagious or infectious
disease of honeybees, or parasites or pests that affect bees or brood.
(8) “Equipment” means hives, supers, frames, veils, gloves, tools, machines, or other devices for
the handling and manipulation of bees, honey, pollen, wax, or hives, including, storage
or transporting containers for pollen, honey, or wax, or other apiary supplies used
in the operation of an apiary or honey house.
(9) “Inspector” means the chief apiary inspector.
(10) “Label” as a noun, means written or printed material accompanying a product and furnishing
identification or a description. The term includes material attached to a product or its immediate container and
material inserted in an immediate container or other packaging of a product.
(11) “Label” as a verb, means to attach or insert a label.
(12) “Nucleus” means a small mass of bees and combs of brood used in forming a new colony.
(13) “Pollen” means dust-like grains formed in the anthers of flowering plants in which the male
elements or sperm are produced.
(14) “Pure honey” means the nectar of plants that has been transformed by, and is the natural product
of, bees and that is in the comb or has been taken from the comb and is packaged in
a liquid, crystallized, or granular form.
(15) “Queen apiary” means an apiary in which queen bees are reared or kept for sale, barter, or exchange.
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