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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for honeysuckled

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 honeysuckled

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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Encyclopedia Article for honeysuckled

honeysuckle

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

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