[huhn-ee-suhk-uh l]


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

1225–75; Middle English honiesoukel, equivalent to honisouke (Old English hunigsūce; see honey, suck) + -el -le
Related formshon·ey·suck·led, adjective
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Examples from the Web for honeysuckle

Historical Examples of 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

    Mabel Quiller-Couch

  • He seated them by the railing, along which trailed a honeysuckle vine.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • The odor of the honeysuckle was mingled with the smell of the sea.


    Stephen French Whitman

British Dictionary definitions for honeysuckle



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
Derived Formshoneysuckled, adjective

Word Origin for honeysuckle

Old English hunigsūce, from honey + suck; see suckle
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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.

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