the work of bees; the production of honey by bees ...1622 obs. rare
from Latin apis bee + factūra making, production
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1622 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Next let vs somewhat digresse from Manufacture, to Apifacture, (and with Salomon the wise, send the sluggard to imitate the painefull and laborious Bees) for the increase of Hony and Waxe in England, Scotland and Ireland, and others of his Maiesties dominions: and let mans helpe succour this Apifacture, if it may be so called, as followeth...."
From: Consuetudo, Vel Lex Mercatoria; Or, The Ancient Law-Merchant
- Gerald de Malynes