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honeycomb

noun hon·ey·comb \ ˈhə-nē-ˌkōm \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of honeycomb

1 : a mass of hexagonal wax cells built by honeybees in their nest to contain their brood and stores of honey
2 : something that resembles a honeycomb in structure or appearance; especially : a strong lightweight cellular structural material

Examples of honeycomb in a Sentence

  1. One of the honeycombs was empty.

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First Known Use of honeycomb

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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honeycomb

verb

Definition of honeycomb

honeycombed; honeycombing; honeycombs
1 a : to cause to be full of cavities like a honeycomb
b : to make into a checkered pattern : fret
2 a : to penetrate into every part : fill
: to become pitted, checked, or cellular

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First Known Use of honeycomb

1735

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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HONEYCOMB Defined for English Language Learners

honeycomb

Definition of honeycomb for English Language Learners

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


HONEYCOMB Defined for Kids

honeycomb

noun hon·ey·comb \ ˈhə-nē-ˌkōm \

Definition of honeycomb for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

honeycomb

noun hon·ey·comb \ -ˌkōm \

medical Definition of honeycomb

: reticulum 1


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