[ huhn-ee-suhk-uh l ]
/ ˈhʌn iˌsʌk əl /


any upright or climbing shrub of the genus Diervilla, especially D. lonicera, cultivated for its fragrant white, yellow, or red tubular flowers.

Nearby words

  1. honeymoon,
  2. honeymoon bridge,
  3. honeymoon is over, the,
  4. honeypot,
  5. honeysucker,
  6. honeysuckle family,
  7. honeysuckle ornament,
  8. honeytrap,
  9. honeywort,
  10. hong

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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British Dictionary definitions for honeysuckle


/ (ˈhʌnɪˌsʌkəl) /


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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