Definition of honeysuckle
: any of a genus (Lonicera of the family Caprifoliaceae, the honeysuckle family) of shrubs with opposite leaves and fragrant tubular flowers rich in nectar; broadly : any of various plants (such as a columbine or azalea) with tubular flowers rich in nectar
Recent Examples of honeysuckle from the Web
Crews recently began spraying bush honeysuckle, multiflora rose and autumn olive, invasive species that have taken over much of his forest.
Milt and Gail Hess, Wisconsin transplants, opened the nursery in 1983 and grow geraniums, honeysuckles and other flowering plants and shrubs for both retail and wholesale customers.
So thyme blossoms are subtly thyme-flavored; arugula blossoms taste like arugula, with a hint of honeysuckle.
Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers.
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Origin and Etymology of honeysuckle
Middle English honysoukel clover, alteration of honysouke, from Old English hunisūce, from hunig honey + sūcan to suck
First Known Use: 1548See Words from the same year
HONEYSUCKLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of honeysuckle for English Language Learners
: a type of shrub that has bright, colorful flowers
HONEYSUCKLE Defined for Kids
Definition of honeysuckle for Students
: a climbing vine or a bush with fragrant white, yellow, or red flowers
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