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Definition of honeydew

1 : a saccharine deposit secreted on the leaves of plants usually by aphids or scale insects or sometimes by a fungus

Examples of honeydew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The honeydew drips onto all surfaces beneath the crape myrtles. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Sep. 2021 It’s a small but mighty pleasure that can be expanded even further by turning your next honeydew or cantaloupe into dessert. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021 Adult social wasps only consume liquid food — usually flower nectar, but also sap, overripe fruit juices, or honeydew. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Current options encourage customers to try something new with beers like a rice blonde, a honeydew, cucumber and key lime session IPA and a New England style milkshake IPA made with black cherries. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 The tiny pine tortoise scale, flocking by the millions on a single plant, sucks the trees’ lifeblood and coats its leaves and bark in a trickly honeydew. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 Even insects that suck plant sap are forced to excrete surplus sugars, in the form of liquids known as honeydew or lerp. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 8 July 2021 Honeydew Honeydew might be the trickiest of the trio, as immature fruits won’t ripen at all after picking, but mature honeydew can continue to ripen on your counter once picked. Paul Stephen Paul’s Cooking Tips, San Antonio Express-News, 21 June 2021 Ripe honeydew will feel fairly smooth and firm on the surface with a slight bit of softness at the stem end. Paul Stephen Paul’s Cooking Tips, San Antonio Express-News, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of honeydew

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of honeydew was in 1526

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“Honeydew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeydew. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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