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[huhn-ee-kohm] /ˈhʌn iˌkoʊm/
a structure of rows of hexagonal wax cells, formed by bees in their hive for the storage of honey, pollen, and their eggs.
a piece of this containing honey and chewed as a sweet.
anything whose appearance suggests such a structure, especially in containing many small units or holes:
The building was a honeycomb of offices and showrooms.
the reticulum of a ruminant.
  1. Also called waffle cloth. a fabric with an embossed surface woven in a pattern resembling a honeycomb.
  2. the characteristic weave of such a fabric.
having the structure or appearance of a honeycomb.
verb (used with object)
to cause to be full of holes; pierce with many holes or cavities:
an old log honeycombed with ant burrows.
to penetrate in all parts:
a city honeycombed with vice.
Origin of honeycomb
before 1050; Middle English huny-comb, Old English hunigcamb. See honey, comb1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for honeycomb
  • 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.
  • Sweeter also than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb.
  • The walls of his room were riddled with bullets, and were as full of holes as a honeycomb.
  • Forty-three years ago, a vast honeycomb of coal mines at the edge of the town caught fire.
  • Others use barrels with honeycomb patterns cut along their insides, to increase the surface area.
  • The trunk is a pillar of yellowish bark, cracked in a honeycomb pattern.
  • He races up a tree trunk and descends with a sopping honeycomb.
British Dictionary definitions for honeycomb


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
something resembling this in structure or appearance
(zoology) another name for reticulum (sense 2)
verb (transitive)
to pierce or fill with holes, cavities, etc
to permeate: honeycombed with spies
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Word Origin and History for honeycomb

Old English hunigcamb; see honey (n.) + comb (n). Probably the image is from wool combing. Transferred use, of structures of similar appearance, from 1520s. As a verb, from 1620s (implied in honeycombed).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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