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[huhn-ee-doo, -dyoo] /ˈhʌn iˌdu, -ˌdyu/
the sweet material that exudes from the leaves of certain plants in hot weather.
a sugary material secreted by aphids, leafhoppers, scale insects, psyllids, and other homopterous insects.
Origin of honeydew
1570-80; honey + dew
Related forms
honeydewed, adjective Unabridged
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  • He knew it was honeydew she favored over cantaloupe.
  • Aphids feed on the milkweed's sap, then secrete honeydew, which ants eat.
  • But they were as few and far between as a pair of honeydew-secreting aphid rectums hidden in the world's largest ant colony.
  • When aphids are abundant, honeydew may fall as a mist on automobiles and other objects beneath the infested trees.
  • The psyllids produce copious amounts of honeydew which stains the ground beneath trees.
  • The honeydew may attract stinging insects, ants, and other insects and may create a nuisance.
  • Evidence: profuse honeydew, often with sooty mold beneath infested trees.
  • When they feed, the aphids excrete large amounts of a sugary liquid called honeydew.
  • With a large aphid population, the honeydew can completely coat leaves.
  • Fungi growing on the aphid honeydew deposits cause this discoloration.
British Dictionary definitions for honeydew


a sugary substance excreted by aphids and similar insects
a similar substance exuded by certain plants
short for honeydew melon
Derived Forms
honeydewed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for honeydew

"sticky sweet substance found on trees and plants," 1570s, from honey (n.) + dew (n.); honeydew melon first recorded 1916, a cross between cantaloupe and a South African melon.

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