Word Origin & History
O.E. hunig, from W.Gmc. *khunaga- (cf. O.N. hunang, Swed. honung, Ger. Honig "honey"); perhaps cognate with Skt. kancanum, Welsh canecon "gold." The more common IE word is represented by Goth. miliþ (from PIE *melith "honey"). A term of endearment from at least 1350. Honeycomb is O.E. hunigcamb
), perhaps reflecting an unsavory image from combing one's hair in a time and place when washing it was rare. Honey-bee is from c.1566.