- any upright or climbing shrub of the genus Diervilla, especially D. lonicera, cultivated for its fragrant white, yellow, or red tubular flowers.
Origin of honeysuckle
Examples from the Web for honeysuckle
It mistook me for a honeysuckle, and gave me a peck to make sure.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
There's a jolly lot of honeysuckle and hazelnuts in these hedges later on.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
I think I know; it has a honeysuckle arch over the gate, hasn't it?The Carroll Girls
He seated them by the railing, along which trailed a honeysuckle vine.
The odor of the honeysuckle was mingled with the smell of the sea.
- any temperate caprifoliaceous shrub or vine of the genus Lonicera: cultivated for their fragrant white, yellow, or pink tubular flowers
- any of several similar plants
- any of various Australian trees or shrubs of the genus Banksia, having flowers in dense spikes: family Proteaceae
Word Origin and History for honeysuckle
mid-13c., from Old English hunigsuge, meaning perhaps honeysuckle, clover, or privet, literally "honey-suck," + diminutive suffix -le. So called because "honey" can be sucked from it. In Middle English sometimes a confused rendering of Latin locusta, taken as the name of a plant.