- honeydew melon.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for honeydew
Edward smoked his honeydew, and Mary looked at him with placid affection.The House of Souls
The honeydew of aphids very attractive to moths and roaches.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
Macheson produced his pipe, and his host a great tin of honeydew.The Missioner
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Honeydew: Ay, Jarvis; but what will fill their mouths in the meantime?Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14
Yes, Mrs. Honeydew—go and ask if they can't let me have De Vere.
- a sugary substance excreted by aphids and similar insects
- a similar substance exuded by certain plants
- short for honeydew melon
Word Origin and History for honeydew
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