hon·​ey·​dew ˈhə-nē-ˌdü How to pronounce honeydew (audio)
: a saccharine deposit secreted on the leaves of plants usually by aphids or scale insects or sometimes by a fungus

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

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 23 Mar. 2023.

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hon·​ey·​dew ˈhən-ē-ˌd(y)ü How to pronounce honeydew (audio)
: a sugary substance deposited on the leaves of plants usually by aphids or scale insects or sometimes by a fungus

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