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honeysuckle

[huhn-ee-suhk-uh l] /ˈhʌn iˌsʌk əl/
noun
1.
any upright or climbing shrub of the genus Diervilla, especially D. lonicera, cultivated for its fragrant white, yellow, or red tubular flowers.
Origin of honeysuckle
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English honiesoukel, equivalent to honisouke (Old English hunigsūce; see honey, suck) + -el -le
Related forms
honeysuckled, adjective
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Examples from the web for honeysuckle
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for honeysuckle

honeysuckle

/ˈhʌnɪˌsʌkəl/
noun
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
Derived Forms
honeysuckled, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hunigsūce, from honey + suck; see suckle
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Word Origin and History for honeysuckle
n.

mid-13c., from Old English hunigsuge, meaning perhaps honeysuckle, clover, or privet, literally "honey-suck," + diminutive suffix -le. So called because "honey" can be sucked from it. In Middle English sometimes a confused rendering of Latin locusta, taken as the name of a plant.

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