- a structure of rows of hexagonal wax cells, formed by bees in their hive for the storage of honey, pollen, and their eggs.
- a piece of this containing honey and chewed as a sweet.
- anything whose appearance suggests such a structure, especially in containing many small units or holes: The building was a honeycomb of offices and showrooms.
- the reticulum of a ruminant.
- Also called waffle cloth.a fabric with an embossed surface woven in a pattern resembling a honeycomb.
- the characteristic weave of such a fabric.
- having the structure or appearance of a honeycomb.
- to cause to be full of holes; pierce with many holes or cavities: an old log honeycombed with ant burrows.
- to penetrate in all parts: a city honeycombed with vice.
Origin of honeycomb
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Examples from the Web for honeycomb
Turkey got some nice clover, and laid the bits of honeycomb in it.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
They meet in the great caverns which honeycomb the continent.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
The ground was rotten with the honeycomb of caves and cracks.
Sweet are the uses of a boy's vanity, sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
Favose: with large deep holes, like the cells of a honeycomb.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- a waxy structure, constructed by bees in a hive, that consists of adjacent hexagonal cells in which honey is stored, eggs are laid, and larvae develop
- something resembling this in structure or appearance
- zoology another name for reticulum (def. 2)
- to pierce or fill with holes, cavities, etc
- to permeatehoneycombed with spies
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Word Origin and History for honeycomb
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