hon·​ey·​dew | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌdü How to pronounce honeydew (audio) , -ˌdyü\

Definition of honeydew

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

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Use it also with cantaloupe and honeydew to deliver little squares to snack on or for a fruit salad, mess-free. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Genius watermelon slicer, cubed," 22 July 2019 Some scale insects secrete honeydew, a sweet substance that attracts ants. oregonlive, "Avoid overhead watering to keep fungus off peonies: Ask an expert," 12 Sep. 2019 The result is an easy-drinking brew with Champagne-like mouthfeel, a tropical nose and honeysuckle and honeydew flavors. Jay Brooks, The Mercury News, "California’s latest beer news — plus Oktoberfest fun," 21 Aug. 2019 The study suggests honeydew could be another way beneficial insects are exposed to deadly insecticides. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "This tiny insect could be delivering toxic pesticides to honey bees and other beneficial bugs," 5 Aug. 2019 Chili-Lime Melon Salad Makes 4 servings Cucumber gives this salad nice color and crunch, but 2 cups of cubed honeydew can be used in its place. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three refreshing salads to beat the heat," 17 July 2019 Let honeydew marinate in prosecco to get the fruit’s mild flavor to pop. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Make melons more than fruit-cup filler with one of these 12 recipes," 8 July 2019 Before settling on one, ask for a taste of Dew Sabi, a honeydew-wasabi wild flavor ride that early customers at the store have been raving about. Josie Sexton, The Know, "The new ice cream flavors you need to try around Denver this summer," 26 June 2019 Within a few days, honeydew draws a black fungus called sooty mold. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "‘This is going to be a bad one’: A new pest is causing quarantines in Va. and Pa.," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of honeydew

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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