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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Recent Examples on the Web Cape honeysuckle blooms last until the first freeze. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: What’s blooming in San Antonio gardens in October," 1 Oct. 2020 Viognier adds some jasmine and honeysuckle to the chenin’s apple and pear. Washington Post, "The top 12 wine bargains of 2020 include an outstanding boxed malbec for the equivalent of $5 a bottle," 23 Dec. 2020 Along with barberry bushes, research shows that when Asian honeysuckle shrubs invade an understory, more deer ticks result — and a higher percentage are infected with Lyme disease. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: What is this flashy fall tree? And this shrub that’s keeping its leaves?," 12 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, the doe stepped out of the honeysuckle and began browsing casually on turnip greens. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Rut Hunt of a Lifetime," 23 Nov. 2020 But in the Amur River valley region, where the honeysuckle evolved, day length is about 8.5 hours. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Worse than kudzu, Amur honeysuckle is the poster child for exotic pest plants in Kentucky," 13 Nov. 2020 Both sites are class 4 ecosystems, which is highest rating, and crews will start removing 17 types of invasive and exotic trees and shrubs, such as honeysuckle and buckthorn, in January, the release said. chicagotribune.com, "Naperville News Digest," 28 Aug. 2020 Viognier adds some jasmine and honeysuckle to the chenin’s apple and pear flavors. Washington Post, "Wines from classic to creative for any Thanksgiving celebration," 13 Nov. 2020 Also prevalent are Callery pear, better known as the Bradford pear, wintercreeper, Canada thistle, garlic mustard, burning bush, multiflora rose, autumn olive, Japanese honeysuckle and Japanese knotweed. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Volunteers seek to clear White River banks in Hamilton County of invasive plants," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of honeysuckle was in 1548

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15 Jan 2021

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“Honeysuckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeysuckle. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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