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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.
any of about 200 species of ornamental shrubs and climbers of the genus Lonicera (family Caprifoliaceae). Honeysuckles are native to temperate zones of both hemispheres, but they also grow in the Himalayas, southern Asia, and North Africa. Honeysuckles flourish in any ordinary garden soil. Most species have two-lipped, fragrant flowers and red, orange, or black berries. Perfoliate, or sweet, honeysuckle (L. caprifolium) is native to Eurasia but has become established in North America. Its clustered, night-blooming, purple-white flowers are pollinated mostly by night-feeding hawk moths because the flower tubes are too long for most other insects to reach the nectar. The fruit is a red-orange berry