honeysuckle

[huhn-ee-suhk-uhl]
noun
any upright or climbing shrub of the genus Diervilla, especially D. lonicera, cultivated for its fragrant white, yellow, or red tubular flowers.

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English honiesoukel, equivalent to honisouke (Old English hunigsūce; see honey, suck) + -el -le

honeysuckled, adjective
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honeysuckle (ˈhʌnɪˌsʌkəl)
 
n
1.  any temperate caprifoliaceous shrub or vine of the genus Lonicera: cultivated for their fragrant white, yellow, or pink tubular flowers
2.  any of several similar plants
3.  any of various Australian trees or shrubs of the genus Banksia, having flowers in dense spikes: family Proteaceae
 
[Old English hunigsūce, from honey + suck; see suckle]
 
'honeysuckled
 
adj

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honeysuckle
c.1265, from O.E. hunigsuge "honey-suck," + dim. suffix -le. So called because "honey" can be sucked from it.
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honeysuckle

any of about 200 species of ornamental shrubs and climbers of the genus Lonicera (family Caprifoliaceae). Honeysuckles are native to temperate zones of both hemispheres, but they also grow in the Himalayas, southern Asia, and North Africa. Honeysuckles flourish in any ordinary garden soil. Most species have two-lipped, fragrant flowers and red, orange, or black berries. Perfoliate, or sweet, honeysuckle (L. caprifolium) is native to Eurasia but has become established in North America. Its clustered, night-blooming, purple-white flowers are pollinated mostly by night-feeding hawk moths because the flower tubes are too long for most other insects to reach the nectar. The fruit is a red-orange berry

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Example sentences
The warm breeze tickled and teased our noses perfumed with sweet honeysuckle infused with freshly mowed lawns.
They may never have eaten wild strawberries straight from the ground or sucked the juice from a honeysuckle.
She then shows the pupils-and their teacher and the parent volunteers-how to identify the unwanted wild honeysuckle and buckthorn.
If you've got a giant green thicket in your woods, you may have a bush honeysuckle infestation.
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