[ huhn-ee-suhk-uhl ]

  1. any of numerous North American and Eurasian shrubs or twining vines of the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae), many species of which are hardy climbers known for their highly fragrant tubular flowers, especially those of genus Lonicera.

Origin of honeysuckle

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English honisoukel, equivalent to honisouke + -el; see honey, suck, -le

Other words from honeysuckle

  • hon·ey·suck·led, adjective

Words Nearby honeysuckle

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How to use honeysuckle in a sentence

  • The scent of wild honeysuckle and cluster roses came from the hedgerows.

  • And there grow in wild profusion the scented hedges of honeysuckle and roses.

    American Sketches | Charles Whibley

British Dictionary definitions for honeysuckle


/ (ˈhʌnɪˌsʌkəl) /

  1. any temperate caprifoliaceous shrub or vine of the genus Lonicera: cultivated for their fragrant white, yellow, or pink tubular flowers

  2. any of several similar plants

  1. any of various Australian trees or shrubs of the genus Banksia, having flowers in dense spikes: family Proteaceae

Origin of honeysuckle

Old English hunigsūce, from honey + suck; see suckle

Derived forms of honeysuckle

  • honeysuckled, adjective

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