hon·​ey·​suck·​le | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌsə-kəl How to pronounce honeysuckle (audio) \

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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Examples of honeysuckle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many classic Hybrid Teas offer fragrance with subtle citrus, honeysuckle, and gardenia notes. Benjamin Whitacre, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 May 2022 The pills, named Lianhua Qingwen, are a COVID-19 treatment made up of apricot seed, licorice root, honeysuckle, and other herbs. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Perfumed with honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, apricot and guava aromas, the nose also harbors a vein of wet-stone minerality. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2022 Help remove invasive honeysuckle to help prepare for the extension of the Hedgeapple Trail. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 20 Apr. 2022 Borneol, pearl powder, honeysuckle flower and terminal tree. Sophia Smith Galer, refinery29.com, 11 Apr. 2022 There is a fence covered in honeysuckle at an old house in our neighborhood. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Apr. 2022 Stay in one of their two-, three-, or four-bedroom deluxe cabins and gaze from your patio at willows, pines, and honeysuckle growing all around your log-cabin retreat. Rina Nehdar, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2022 This complex spirit is possessed of an array of cascading flavors including black cherry, honeysuckle and pecans. Dan Dunn, Robb Report, 15 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Honeysuckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeysuckle. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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hon·​ey·​suck·​le | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌsə-kəl How to pronounce honeysuckle (audio) \

Kids Definition of honeysuckle

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

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