[huhn-ee-doo, -dyoo]
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.

1570–80; honey + dew

honeydewed, adjective
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honeydew (ˈhʌnɪˌdjuː)
1.  a sugary substance excreted by aphids and similar insects
2.  a similar substance exuded by certain plants
3.  short for honeydew melon

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Word Origin & History

"sticky sweet substance found on trees and plants," 1577, from honey + dew; honeydew melon first recorded 1916, a cross between cantaloupe and a South African melon.
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Example sentences
He knew it was honeydew she favored over cantaloupe.
Aphids feed on the milkweed's sap, then secrete honeydew, which ants eat.
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.
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