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[huhn-ee-suhk-uh l] /ˈhʌn iˌsʌk əl/
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
1225-75; Middle English honiesoukel, equivalent to honisouke (Old English hunigsūce; see honey, suck) + -el -le
Related forms
honeysuckled, adjective Unabridged
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  • On three sides of the cottage, there was a piazza, with pillars all covered with woodbine and honeysuckle.

    The Pearl of Love Madeline Leslie
  • Her eyes had a real hungry look in them over that honeysuckle.

  • With these the variegated Japan honeysuckle might be freely used, much of its yellow veining turning to a bright red in winter.

  • Then I may betray a weakness of my own—and I am glad to—but I love the honeysuckle vine.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • The roses were heavy with rain, and the honeysuckle shook big drops on them, as they ran by.

    A Sweet Little Maid Amy E. Blanchard
  • Then I will come out to the honeysuckle arbour and sit with you while you smoke.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
  • I want a scent of the honeysuckle as the maples and locusts budded forth in what seemed to me the morning of the world—springtime.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • The tulip, the fern, the honeysuckle, and the lily are examples.

  • She took the golden cover off of the cup containing tea and took some of the honeysuckle flowers and placed them in the tea.

    Two Years in the Forbidden City The Princess Der Ling
  • There was Sylvia sitting in the field, making a wreath of honeysuckle.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for honeysuckle


any temperate caprifoliaceous shrub or vine of the genus Lonicera: cultivated for their fragrant white, yellow, or pink tubular flowers
any of several similar plants
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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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