hon·​ey·​suck·​le | \ˈhə-nē-ˌsə-kəl \

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

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For a more targeted treatment, the Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream is infused with peony and honeysuckle extracts to revitalize and brighten the skin directly around your eyes. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Tatcha's Labor Day Sale Features Major Deals on All These Skin-Care Products," 30 Aug. 2018 McCleary typically paints them not much differently from those hearty limes or snowberry honeysuckles. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018 In bush honeysuckle patches, the risk of ticks infected by Lyme is 10 times greater than normal. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Get rid of those patches of honeysuckle," 31 May 2018 This is bush honeysuckle, a foreign invasive shrub even more implicated in the spread of Lyme disease than barberry. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Get rid of those patches of honeysuckle," 31 May 2018 Try planting dahlia, French marigold, nicotiana, evening primrose, thyme, raspberry, or honeysuckle. Emily O'brien, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your Yard," 20 Oct. 2016 Cape honeysuckle begins blooming in July or August and blooms until the cold weather arrives about Thanksgiving. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The plants that will attract fall hummingbirds, butterflies," 13 July 2018 The main shrub there has flowers that remind me of honeysuckle. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Get rid of those patches of honeysuckle," 31 May 2018 In addition to having watermelon, honeysuckle, and rhubarb tasting notes, Cocomero is also described as being light, dry, and juicy. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "This Rosé Bottle Has A Scratch-N-Sniff Label," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of honeysuckle

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for honeysuckle

Middle English honysoukel clover, alteration of honysouke, from Old English hunisūce, from hunig honey + sūcan to suck

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English Language Learners Definition of honeysuckle

: a type of shrub that has bright, colorful flowers


hon·​ey·​suck·​le | \ˈhə-nē-ˌsə-kəl \

Kids Definition of honeysuckle

: a climbing vine or a bush with fragrant white, yellow, or red flowers

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