E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The hexagonal shape of the bees cells is generally ascribed to the instinctive skill of the bee, but is simply the ordinary result of mechanical laws. Solitary bees always make circular cells; and without doubt those of hive bees are made cylindrical, but acquire their hexagonal form by mechanical pressure. Dr. Wollaston says all cylinders made of soft pliable materials become, hexagonal under such circumstances. The cells of trees are circular towards the extremity, but hexagonal in the centre of the substance; and the cellular membranes of all vegetables are hexagonal also. (See ANT.)
Will Honeycomb. A fine gentleman. One of the members of the imaginary club from which the Spectator issued.