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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 At its peak, the flesh tastes sweeter than a honeydew and has a creamy texture with a light yellow hue. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, "What to do with melons that don’t live up to that peak summer moment," 11 Sep. 2020 The honeydew can promote fungus growth that damages or kills the plant. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Invasive Spotted Lanternflies Reach Eight New Jersey Counties," 18 Aug. 2020 Cut up cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple or other favorites into chunks. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Healthy, easy snacks that kids will love," 28 Feb. 2020 That’s sooty mold, a fungus that gets started in the sticky honeydew residue left behind by aphids and scale insects. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Down to Earth: Bagging bagworms worth the unpleasant effort," 16 Jan. 2020 The 2014 Reserva Olho de Mocho (Por, $30) is a pleasant food wine from the Antao Vaz grape, with honeydew on the nose and notes of orange peel and lime preceding a slight acidic and dry finish. Marc Bona, cleveland, "50+ high-end wines for holiday splurging: 2019 guide," 16 Dec. 2019 The firm had recently recalled some fruit mix, as well as cut honeydew, cut cantaloupe and cut pineapple. USA TODAY, "$4 million dome home, owl surprise Christmas guest, cold sea turtles, red snapper: News from around our 50 states," 23 Dec. 2019 Emma's honeydew look is the work of hairstylist Nikki Lee at Nine Zero One. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Emma Roberts Debuted a New Hairdo, and It's Giving Us Major Scream Queen Vibes," 18 Nov. 2019 This fresh-hop pale ale is fruit-forward with notes of honeydew and cantaloupe, along with some spice and a solid yeasty maltiness. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "I’ve visited 40 Portland breweries so far in 2019; here is my favorite beer from each," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of honeydew

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Honeydew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeydew. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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