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honeycomb

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noun hon·ey·comb \-ˌkōm\

Simple Definition of honeycomb

  • : a group of wax cells with six sides that are built by honeybees in their hive and that contain young bees or honey

Full Definition of honeycomb

  1. 1 :  a mass of hexagonal wax cells built by honeybees in their nest to contain their brood and stores of honey

  2. 2 :  something that resembles a honeycomb in structure or appearance; especially :  a strong lightweight cellular structural material

Examples of honeycomb

  1. One of the honeycombs was empty.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of honeycomb

before 12th century


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honeycomb

verb hon·ey·comb

Definition of honeycomb

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause to be full of cavities like a honeycomb b :  to make into a checkered pattern :  fret

  3. 2 a :  to penetrate into every part :  fill b :  subvert, weaken

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become pitted, checked, or cellular



1774

First Known Use of honeycomb

1774


HONEYCOMB Defined for Kids

honeycomb

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noun hon·ey·comb \ˈhə-nē-ˌkōm\

Definition of honeycomb

  1. :  a mass of wax cells built by honeybees in their nest to contain young bees and stores of honey




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honeycomb

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noun hon·ey·comb \-ˌkōm\

Medical Definition of honeycomb

  1. :  reticulum 1




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