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

Examples of honeydew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How to Choose a Ripe Melon The basic technique for choosing a ripe melon is the same for cantaloupe, honeydew, and muskmelon. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 June 2024 That matters because ants usually farm sugar from aphids, which excrete honeydew. Kate Armanini, Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2024 Due to nymph feeding patterns, honeydew may be found on nearby plants and other surfaces through the spring, which could attract other insects, such as wasps and butterflies. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2024 Watermelon and honeydew bring mild melon goodness to the table, and vibrant berries like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries bring beautiful pops of color. Kara Peeler, Sunset Magazine, 5 June 2024 Crops native to Africa, such as watermelon, okra, yams, black-eyed peas, kola nuts (the basis for Coca-Cola), hibiscus, sesame, muskmelons (like cantaloupe and honeydew), and most significantly, African rice, were transported on ships with enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 June 2024 That's their honeydew or waste product coming out the back end ... John Dodge, CBS News, 15 May 2024 The colonial buildings in honeydew and cantaloupe colors — surrounded by banyan trees, strangler figs, and jacaranda and set off by the bright primaries and pastels of the clothes of passersby — make for a delicious street scene. Chris Wallace, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 Their delicious Viognier is golden colored in the glass with aromas of apricot, peach, and honeysuckle and flavors of nectarine, honeydew, and Gala apple. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2024

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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 25 Jun. 2024.

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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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