honeycomb

[huhn-ee-kohm]
noun
1.
a structure of rows of hexagonal wax cells, formed by bees in their hive for the storage of honey, pollen, and their eggs.
2.
a piece of this containing honey and chewed as a sweet.
3.
anything whose appearance suggests such a structure, especially in containing many small units or holes: The building was a honeycomb of offices and showrooms.
4.
the reticulum of a ruminant.
5.
Textiles.
a.
Also called waffle cloth. a fabric with an embossed surface woven in a pattern resembling a honeycomb.
b.
the characteristic weave of such a fabric.
adjective
6.
having the structure or appearance of a honeycomb.
verb (used with object)
7.
to cause to be full of holes; pierce with many holes or cavities: an old log honeycombed with ant burrows.
8.
to penetrate in all parts: a city honeycombed with vice.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English huny-comb, Old English hunigcamb. See honey, comb1

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honeycomb (ˈhʌnɪˌkəʊm)
 
n
1.  a waxy structure, constructed by bees in a hive, that consists of adjacent hexagonal cells in which honey is stored, eggs are laid, and larvae develop
2.  something resembling this in structure or appearance
3.  zoology another name for reticulum
 
vb
4.  to pierce or fill with holes, cavities, etc
5.  to permeate: honeycombed with spies

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Find honeycomb at well-stocked grocery stores and farmers' markets.
But eating honeycomb in the field is messy business.
When they cut away a portion of the column, they found what they described as
  an extensive honeycomb, more than three feet long.
Cut honeycomb tripe in pieces two inches long by one-half inch wide, having
  three cupfuls.
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