[ huhn-ee-doo, -dyoo ]
/ ˈhʌn iˌdu, -ˌdyu /


the sweet material that exudes from the leaves of certain plants in hot weather.
a sugary material secreted by aphids, leafhoppers, scale insects, psyllids, and other homopterous insects.

Origin of honeydew

First recorded in 1570–80; honey + dew
Related formshon·ey·dewed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for honeydew


/ (ˈhʌnɪˌdjuː) /


a sugary substance excreted by aphids and similar insects
a similar substance exuded by certain plants
short for honeydew melon
Derived Formshoneydewed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for honeydew



"sticky sweet substance found on trees and plants," 1570s, from honey (n.) + dew (n.); honeydew melon first recorded 1916, a cross between cantaloupe and a South African melon.

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